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South Korea warns of 'serious risk' from vaping, considers sales ban

By Sangmi Cha

 

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A man vapes in Seoul, South Korea, October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Heo Ran

 

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Wednesday advised people to stop using liquid e-cigarettes due to growing health concerns and vowed to speed up an investigation into whether to ban sales, a move likely to hit major producers such as Juul and local tobacco company KT&G.

 

While long-term health impacts from vaping remain largely unknown, e-cigarettes were viewed as a healthier alternative that could help users quit smoking when they were first launched a few years ago.

 

But countries around the world have been pulling electronic cigarette products from markets and restricting advertising as vaping faces increased scrutiny.

 

“The current situation is considered as a serious risk to public health,” South Korea’s health minister Park Neung-hoo told a briefing, citing cases of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use in the United States.

 

U.S. health officials have so far reported 33 deaths and 1,479 confirmed and probable cases from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping.

 

A pneumonia case of a 30-year old South Korean e-cigarette user was reported this month, the health ministry said.

 

“Children, juveniles, pregnant women, and people with pulmonary diseases, never use liquid e-cigarettes. Non-smokers, too, never use liquid e-cigarettes from now,” Park said.

 

Park said the government would speed up its own studies to determine if there was a scientific basis to ban sales of liquid e-cigarettes, which vaporize liquid containing nicotine.

 

A rival technology, which heats but does not burn tobacco, has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has avoided much of the recent regulatory crackdown globally.

 

REGULATORY CRACKDOWN

 

South Korea’s health ministry vowed to tighten regulations on vaping products such as strengthening customs procedures for imported liquid of e-cigarettes.

 

The South Korean office of U.S. e-cigarette maker Juul Labs said in a statement their products had no harmful substances. Juul, 35% owned by Altria Group Inc, began selling its devices in South Korea in May.

 

KT&G Corp, a South Korean tobacco maker which sells Lil Vapour e-cigarettes, said it would cooperate with the government’s policies after results of the ongoing probe came out.

 

Since smoking was banned indoors at places like restaurants and cafés in 2015, South Korea become less tolerant of smokers. But e-cigarettes have been gaining popularity in the country’s $16 billion tobacco market since 2017.

 

E-cigarettes accounted for 13% of South Korea’s tobacco market by sales as of June, according to government data.

 

South Korea is the world’s No.2 market of heated vape products after Japan, worth $1.7 billion, according to Euromonitor, but liquid e-cigarettes are less popular.

 

The United States has already announced plans to remove flavoured e-cigarettes from stores, citing alarming growth in teenage use of the products.

 

India also discontinued the sale of e-cigarettes in September, warning of an “epidemic” among young people.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-10-23

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When are people going to wake up to the day to day brainwashing and spin.
This is because they are losing revenue on tobacco and it looks like more and more will turn away from it.
I have smoked for over 55 years and the medicos tell me my lungs are like a teenagers.  I vape now and actually find it more enjoyable.

Maybe you should be the new Marlborough man the :-)


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12 hours ago, Scot123 said:

Ah the tobacco companies really are vamping up their attack on vapping. A handful of deaths World wide that MAY have had vapping as a contributing factor, wow. Question? How many millions die from smocking tobacco or drinking alcohol or driving a car, flying in an aeroplanes? Unbelievable. More people are killed by elephants each year, oh and bee stings in America alone...... 

The tobacco companies are involved in the vaping companies, so your theory is unlikely.

Ever consider the possibility it may be to prevent people from starting vaping? Vaping seems to have good use as a way to quit smoking, although I don't know how effective it is. The problem now is youth is taking it up in stead of starting smoking, and that is an issue.

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4 hours ago, car720 said:

When are people going to wake up to the day to day brainwashing and spin.

This is because they are losing revenue on tobacco and it looks like more and more will turn away from it.

I have smoked for over 55 years and the medicos tell me my lungs are like a teenagers.  I vape now and actually find it more enjoyable.

25 Things Vaping does to your body

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/25-things-vaping-does-to-your-body/ss-AAIE4Sf?li=BBnb7Kz

 

Why do you feel you need to keep inhaling nicotine ? Addicted ? I can see people switching to vaping to slowly wean themselves off cigs but by cutting down on the amount of nicotine content you can give up cigs and vaping or inhale non nicotine vapes.

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Quite simply, this is about not legalizing yet another killer product. Asbestos was the ducks nuts, till it wasn’t, resulting in a class action. Freon is no good now, etc etc etc... it’s incomprehensible to me that some folk object to planned comprehensive testing of a product before inflicting it onto consumers

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2 hours ago, Tony125 said:

25 Things Vaping does to your body

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/25-things-vaping-does-to-your-body/ss-AAIE4Sf?li=BBnb7Kz

 

Why do you feel you need to keep inhaling nicotine ? Addicted ? I can see people switching to vaping to slowly wean themselves off cigs but by cutting down on the amount of nicotine content you can give up cigs and vaping or inhale non nicotine vapes.

Who said anything about nicotine?

To truly understand smokers I recommend reading, "Still life with the Woodpecker."

Also I am not sure that anyone believes anything coming from the above source.

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6 hours ago, stevenl said:

The tobacco companies are involved in the vaping companies, so your theory is unlikely.

Ever consider the possibility it may be to prevent people from starting vaping? Vaping seems to have good use as a way to quit smoking, although I don't know how effective it is. The problem now is youth is taking it up in stead of starting smoking, and that is an issue.

Nobody is going to like this comment but I believe that the youth can go and do whatever they like.  I know we did.  :cheesy:

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34 minutes ago, car720 said:

Nobody is going to like this comment but I believe that the youth can go and do whatever they like.  I know we did.  :cheesy:

Yeah and to this date you can just go to a vending machine in germany and get a pack of cigs and who gives a <deleted> anyway...

 

2 hours ago, jany123 said:

Quite simply, this is about not legalizing yet another killer product. Asbestos was the ducks nuts, till it wasn’t, resulting in a class action. Freon is no good now, etc etc etc... it’s incomprehensible to me that some folk object to planned comprehensive testing of a product before inflicting it onto consumers

LOL.

 

sure thats why they just legalized IQOS in Korea and the USA.

 

Taxes taxes taxes, nothing else, your health is not important to a government, only your money is.

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42 minutes ago, car720 said:

Nobody is going to like this comment but I believe that the youth can go and do whatever they like.  I know we did.  :cheesy:

If we can keep the youth from smoking/vaping I think it would be a good thing.

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5 hours ago, ThomasThBKK said:

Yeah and to this date you can just go to a vending machine in germany and get a pack of cigs and who gives a <deleted> anyway...

 

LOL.

 

sure thats why they just legalized IQOS in Korea and the USA.

 

Taxes taxes taxes, nothing else, your health is not important to a government, only your money is.

Sure... cynicism is warranted as mans eyes has glistened with lust over precious objects and wealth since time immemorial.

 

That said; where is a cost benefit ratio to be considered. At some point, the cost will exceed the benefit, and the glistening will turn to tears. 

 

The cost of healthcare and it’s burden caused by these items, exceeds the taxes, resulting in removing the items from the common market. The risk also needs considering. What will be be future cost if people die from using it? This needs to be considered by leveling excess tax to pay for what-ifs which only partially addresses whatifs.

 

We don't use asbestos anymore because of the potential oncosts in palliative care, not because it doesn’t work, because it does, often more effectively than the replacement product. 

 

What-ifs are best addressed by banning the product, if you truly believe that it’s all about the benjamins.

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Sure... cynicism is warranted as mans eyes has glistened with lust over precious objects and wealth since time immemorial.
 
That said; where is a cost benefit ratio to be considered. At some point, the cost will exceed the benefit, and the glistening will turn to tears. 
 
The cost of healthcare and it’s burden caused by these items, exceeds the taxes, resulting in removing the items from the common market. The risk also needs considering. What will be be future cost if people die from using it? This needs to be considered by leveling excess tax to pay for what-ifs which only partially addresses whatifs.
 
We don't use asbestos anymore because of the potential oncosts in palliative care, not because it doesn’t work, because it does, often more effectively than the replacement product. 
 
What-ifs are best addressed by banning the product, if you truly believe that it’s all about the benjamins.
no one ever died from nicotine vaping.
it saves lifes. research is out in less corrupt countries like the UK, Germany, New Zealand...

not banning tobacco and alcohol but a less dangerous alternative while even approving easily taxable new tobacco products a la iqos shows us what it's all about - taxes. and nothing else.



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12 hours ago, stevenl said:

The tobacco companies are involved in the vaping companies, so your theory is unlikely.

Ever consider the possibility it may be to prevent people from starting vaping? Vaping seems to have good use as a way to quit smoking, although I don't know how effective it is. The problem now is youth is taking it up in stead of starting smoking, and that is an issue.

Which tobacco companies are involved?

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