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The status and future challenges of tobacco control policy in Korea

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Title The status and future challenges of tobacco control policy in Korea
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Cho, Hong-Jun

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[Seoul, South Korea]:Korean Society for Preventive Medicine

Date 2014
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Preventive Medicine & Public Health:vol. 47
Pages 7
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding Korean Society for Preventive Medicine

Abstract

Tobacco use is the most important preventable risk factor for premature death. The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first international public health treaty, came into force in 2005. This paper reviews the present status of tobacco control policies in Korea according to the WHO FCTC recommendations. In Korea, cigarette use is high among adult males (48.2% in 2010), and cigarette prices are the lowest among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries with no tax increases since 2004. Smoke-free policies have shown incremental progress since 1995, but smoking is still permitted in many indoor public places. More than 30% of non-smoking adults and adolescents are exposed to second-hand smoke. Public education on the harmful effects of tobacco is currently insufficient and the current policies have not been adequately evaluated. (The rest omitted)