Tag: South Korea

Sales down, revenue up

Sales down, revenue up

| July 18, 2018

Cigarette sales and tax revenue from those sales are headed in opposite directions in South Korea – for the time being.

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Streetwise smokers

Streetwise smokers

| July 13, 2018

Picking up cigarettes from the street seems to be in many respects a precarious way of maintaining what is said to be an addiction.

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HNB warnings coming

HNB warnings coming

| July 9, 2018

A requirement for heat-not-burn products to carry graphic health warnings makes sense – but only if such warnings are included on other products, such as firewood, cooking oil, joss-sticks, air…

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I Love Smoking

I Love Smoking

| July 5, 2018

Congratulations to the South Korea smoking community, I Love Smoking, for having the courage to use such a name and to talk about the ‘happiness’ derived from smoking.

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HNBs offer positive change

HNBs offer positive change

| June 19, 2018

After decades of hand-wringing over the damage caused by smoking, many authorities seem intent on undermining what to many people looks like one of the best solutions on offer.

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False warnings planned

False warnings planned

| June 18, 2018

A plan to include on packs of heat-not-burn products the same warnings as those on packs of combustible cigarettes is in line with the trend for alternative facts.

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‘Clarification’ sought

‘Clarification’ sought

| June 11, 2018

It is a measure of the potential that a statement by a South Korean agency has of misleading smokers and vapers that Philip Morris International has asked for a ‘clarification’ to be issued.

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HNB not less risky

HNB not less risky

| June 8, 2018

From news reports of research carried out by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the Ministry has drawn from its data a conclusion that appears questionable.

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Estimating backwards

Estimating backwards

| June 4, 2018

Estimating the smoking rate among women on the grounds of the incidence of lung cancer among this group seems, without strong supporting evidence, to be risky.

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HNB probe results due

HNB probe results due

| June 1, 2018

The findings of an investigation by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety into heat-not-burn products are due to be announced shortly.

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Local Heets to go on sale

Local Heets to go on sale

| May 25, 2018

It seems odd that the government of South Korea should require graphic health warnings for heated-tobacco products at the same time as one locally-made product is due to go on sale.

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Impulsive behavior

Impulsive behavior

| May 21, 2018

Impulsive behavior must play a part whenever a person buys something new. But any follow-up purchases of that product are down to whether the product worked for the buyer.

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HNB market heats up

HNB market heats up

| May 17, 2018

With sales of heat-not-burn products in South Korea predicted to grab 30 percent of the country’s tobacco market by 2020, it is little surprise that new products are all the go.

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Opting for quit-or-die

Opting for quit-or-die

| May 15, 2018

According to new warnings to be imposed in South Korea this year, there is no difference between heat-not-burn and combustible cigarettes in respect of consumers’ health outcomes.

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Preconceived flavors

Preconceived flavors

| May 1, 2018

A story from South Korea says that the flavor of a smoker’s cigarette of choice is influential in her trying it for the first time. This seems odd since there are no flavour descriptors on packs.

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Bans imposed

Bans imposed

| April 24, 2018

In line with current trends elsewhere, South Korea is planning to take an uncompromising line with tobacco smoking by switching smoking restrictions to smoking bans.

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Exports plunge

Exports plunge

| April 16, 2018

South Korea’s overseas sales of cigarettes, which had been climbing steeply in recent years, have taken a knock from a huge tax increase imposed by its major export customer.

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Smoking incidence falls

Smoking incidence falls

| March 29, 2018

A fall to below 40 percent in the incidence of tobacco smoking among South Korean men is something of a milestone.

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Butts into compost

Butts into compost

| March 28, 2018

There is not much detail in a story from South Korea about a process under trial that promises to turn cigarette butts into compost, but, if it proves viable, it could be a game-changer.

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Dithering over HNB

Dithering over HNB

| February 27, 2018

While the authorities in South Korea cannot decide how to test heat-not-burn cigarettes, consumers are making up their own minds about relative risks.

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