Republic of Korea

Policy Summary: 

Non-nicotine containing e-cigarettes are considered consumer products. Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products, thus their sale is prohibited to minors (under 19 years). E-cigarette packaging and advertisements should include health warnings texts that indicate that they contain harmful substances such as tobacco-specific nitrosamines, formaldehyde, etc. Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes can only be featured a maximum of 10 times per magazine per year. The use of e-cigarettes is banned in public places and public transport with the exception of designated smoking areas. E-cigarette products are subject to a number of taxes and charges (national health promotion, tobacco consumption, local education, and individual consumption taxes) proportional to 1,799 won/mL (approx. $1.53 USD) nicotine liquid; in addition there is a waste charge of 24 won/20 cartridges (approx. $0.02 USD) and a 10% Value Added Tax (VAT).


*Personal communication with in-country experts and/or Ministry of Health representatives

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