Bad surprise for the vapers and the smokers of the South Korean army! Indeed, the army has just banned the use and possession of e-cigarettes on its bases. Health reasons are invoked by those responsible.
Once again, the situation of vaping in the United States is doing damage internationally. A few days ago, the South Korean military banned the use and possession of e-liquids and vaping products on its bases for health reasons. This follows a warning from the government asking the public to stop using these devices.
South Korea has an army of nearly 600 000 soldiers, mostly conscripts, the army constituting the largest part with 464 000 men. While smoking rates are falling, South Korean men are among the biggest smokers in the world.
Last month, the Ministry of Health issued a notice asking people to stop using e-cigarettes, citing the "health scandal" in the United States. The ministry said it will conduct studies to determine if there is a scientific basis for banning the sale of e-cigarettes.
One day after the government's warning, a large chain of dispensaries, GS25, suspended the sale of flavored e-cigarettes manufactured by the American company Juul Labs and the South Korean company KT & G.
Government data shows that e-cigarettes are gaining popularity in the tobacco market and now account for 13% of the market.