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From February 2022, subscribers can view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our monthly compilations, visit our alerts round-up section.

28th September 2022 - Asia, South Korea |

South Korea: The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency today warned of an increasingly widespread use by young people of flavoured tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which it says are a gateway to smoking. The agency refers to a study showing a 12% increase between 2016 and 2022 in the use of flavoured tobacco products by smokers aged 13-39.

16th September 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: Today (16th September) the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Health Promotion Institute held an institutional forum to discuss the direction of e-cigarette policy. During the forum, according to the press release, “the current status and problems of the recent spread of e-cigarettes are reviewed, and policy improvement directions are discussed”. The expansion of the definition of tobacco products to encompass products derived from tobacco stems or roots is being considered, as only products that contain or are derived from tobacco leaves currently fall within the scope of the definition. There are several bills in the legislative process to this end.
29th August 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: Today, the Ministry of Health and Welfare updated the requirements applicable to the health warnings that nicotine-containing e-liquids must carry. The new requirements, which are updated every two years, will apply from 23rd December 2022 to 22nd December 2024. The notice comes with a manual with illustrations of the packaging and frequently asked questions.
23rd June 2022 - Asia, South Korea |

South Korea: E-cigarette health warnings remain unchanged following a decision by the National Health Promotion Policy Deliberative Committee to change pictorial warnings on tobacco products.

7th March 2022 - Asia, South Korea |
South Korea: A court has decided that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety shall publish data behind the claims that some e-cigarettes contain ingredients that can cause severe lung disease, press reports. Prior to the court proceedings, the Electronic Cigarette Association had asked the Ministry to disclose this information, yet that request was rejected by the authority.