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August 29, 2022

South Korea to update health warning labels on cigarette packaging

The revised regulation requires companies to have more graphic warnings on cigarette products.

The South Korean government is planning to introduce stronger health warnings on cigarette packaging, the country’s new agency Yonhap reported.

Under a new government regulation, cigarette manufacturers in the country will be required to strengthen the health warnings on the packaging, the agency reported citing South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The Ministry plans to release the revised manual for labelling health warnings on cigarette packaging on 29 August.

This comes after the government passed the revised tobacco industry regulation revision in June this year.

As per the revised manual, companies are required to display more graphic warnings on cigarette products such as, a warning on second-hand smoking featuring an image of a newborn child sucking on a baby bottle which has cigarette butts in it.

Meanwhile, e-cigarettes packaging is also mandated to have more than 50% health warnings, officials said.

The new regulation will come into effect starting 23 December 2022.

In a similar move, the Government of India reportedly proposed addition of health warnings to tobacco packaging, last month.

In June this year, the Canadian Government also considered introducing more stringent regulations for tobacco product packaging and labelling.

In separate development, South Korean tobacco company KT&G announced plans to develop a new eco-friendly plant for tobacco packaging in the central administrative hub of Sejong City, The Korea Herald reported.

To be constructed at Sejong Mirae Industrial Estate, the $133.5m (KRW180bn) factory will use a digital printing process and advanced logistics automation system to manufacture tobacco packaging such as cigarette papers and boxes.

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