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Smoking in North Korea

There are 3.8 million current smokers in North Korea. The prevalence of current tobacco smoking among adults is 17.6% (including 0% of women and 36.4% of men). 71371 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in North Korea. tobacco smoking-related health problems account for 31.72% of deaths.

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September 07, 2018 by

Smokers 'much more likely to develop dementia,' docs warn

Puffing on cigarettes increases your risk of dementia, new research suggests.

Those who don't smoke, or had quit smoking, had less chance of developing the degenerative brain condition than those who still smoke cigarettes, according to a Korean study.

Those who has smoked long-term but recently quit had a 14 percent less chance of developing Alzheimer's later in life. They also had a 32 percent reduced chance of developing vascular dementia — one of the most common forms of the disease.

June 19, 2018 by

Safety of heat-not-burn tobacco still controversial

The fight between the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety and the tobacco industry is intensifying over the results of a study on the safety of heat-not-burn cigarettes.

Foreign cigarette companies argued against the ministry’s recent announcement that e-cigarettes were as harmful as conventional products. They claimed that the ministry’s study had an error in measuring toxic materials. In rebuttal, the ministry said the study used an internationally accepted test model.

June 07, 2018 by

Study finds e-cigs no less harmful than ordinary cigarettes

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety Thursday dispelled the misconception of e-cigarettes being healthier than ordinary cigarettes, publishing the results of an independent study done in Korea. E-cigarettes, which the public has often perceived as being less harmful to health than ordinary tobacco, were found to have more tar than the latter, and have the same nicotine content, the ministry said.“There were no evidence to show e-cigs to be less harmful than ordinary cigarettes,” it added.

May 23, 2018 by

Philip Morris sells 2m IQOS e-cigarettes in 1 year

Philip Morris Korea said on May 23 it has sold 1.9 million units of its tobacco heating device IQOS since its launch last year.

[...] 1 million Korean smokers are estimated to have switched to its heat-not-burn products from conventional cigarettes since IQOS first hit the domestic market in June 2017. “I am pleased to see that our vision to replace cigarettes with science-based smoke-free products is becoming a reality in Korea at an unprecedented speed,” said Chong Il-woo, [...]

May 14, 2018 by

Gov't to mandate graphic warnings on heated tobacco product packages

Manufacturers of heat-not-burn (HNB) cigarettes, or heated tobacco products, will be required to put graphic warnings about health risks associated with smoking including cancer, similar to warnings all other cigarette manufacturers currently use. Such products will have to use graphic images of cancer-ridden organs, a much strengthened standard than the current image of a needle, which many have criticized as "unclear and ineffective."