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New tax on electronic cigarettes in South Korea

The South Korean government has told the outside world that its health regulators will speed up research to decide whether to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and have begun to advise people to stop using relevant e-cigarettes immediately.

At the same time, the South Korean government will speed up the research process to decide whether to ban such products completely, which may hit major producers such as Juul, the US e-cigarette giant, and KT & G, the local tobacco company.

To this end, South Korea’s minister of health, Park Neunghoo, also cited mysterious outbreaks of lung disease related to electronic cigarettes in the United States, saying that the current situation is considered a serious risk to public health. The minister said children, teenagers, pregnant women and people with lung disease should never use electronic cigarettes, and people who do not smoke should never use electronic cigarettes. The minister also said the government will speed up research to determine whether there is a scientific basis for banning the sale of nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes.



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