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Public health challenges of electronic cigarettes in South Korea

 Sungkyu Lee  ;  Heejin Kimm  ;  Ji Eun Yun  ;  Sun Ha Jee 
 Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Vol.44(6) : 235-241, 2011 
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Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
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Adult ; Electronics* ; Female ; Government Regulation* ; Health Promotion ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Nicotine* ; Prevalence ; Public Health Practice* ; Republic of Korea/epidemiology ; Safety ; Smoking/epidemiology ; Smoking/legislation & jurisprudence ; Smoking Cessation/legislation & jurisprudence* ; Smoking Prevention* ; Young Adult
Electronic cigarettes ; Electronic nicotine delivery systems ; Tobacco
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarrettes) were recently introduced and advertised as a smoking cession device in South Korea. As the social norm to quit smoking has gained hold in the country, the number of e-cigarette users is growing rapidly. This phenomenon should be urgently considered, because of the lack of research that has been conducted to examine the safety of e-cigarettes and its efficacy as a smoking cessation aid. This paper raises several public health concerns on e-cigarettes in South Korea. Uncertain regulations of the government on e-cigarettes are contributing to an increase of e-cigarette users and allowing the e-cigarette industry to circumvent existing regulations. The aggressive marketing activity of this industry is also a core factor that is responsible for the rapid increase of e-cigarette use, in particular among the youth. Following the enforcement of tobacco control, some cigarette smokers may be encouraged to purchase e-cigarettes in order to circumvent the regulations, even though the dual use of e-cigarette and cigarette may be more harmful. Until there is clear evidence of the e-cigarette's safety, it is recommended that the industry's marketing and promotional activities be banned and closely monitored, and public campaigns be initiated to educate the public regarding e-cigarettes.
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Kimm, Heejin(김희진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4526-0570
Yun, Ji Eun(윤지은)
Jee, Sun Ha(지선하) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9519-3068
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