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[Graphic News] Cigarette sales in S. Korea up 1.9% in H1

Aug. 17, 2022 - 10:01 By Nam Kyung-don

Sales of cigarettes in South Korea gained 1.9 percent on-year in the first half of the year due to weak demand for duty-free cigarettes amid the coronavirus pandemic and increased sales of heated tobacco products, the Finance Ministry said.

South Korean smokers purchased 1.78 billion 20-cigarette packs in the January-June period, compared with 1.75 billion packs a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The rise came as COVID-19 restrictions, which decreased access to duty-free cigarettes, were lifted, and more heated tobacco products were sold, the ministry said. 

Sales of traditional cigarettes dropped 1 percent on-year to 1.52 billion packs in the first half, but those of heated tobacco products soared 22.5 percent to 260 million packs. (Yonhap)