Korea: Cigarette Tax Reduced Adolescence Smoking

Korean Disease Control Center records adolescence health survey. The number of the participants were around 60,000 people in 17 different cities.

The result showed that 2015 adolescence smoking rate was 7.8%. Middle and high schooler smoked cigarette one out of ten people (11%). The record was the lowest ever since the survey started in 2005.

For middle schoolers, the rate decreased from 6.8% in 2014 to 4.8% in 2015.

The official says the cigarette tax increase and health education decreased the rate of these adolescents.

The government is still trying to set a new goal since it achieved the goal of reducing the rate to 12% by 2020.

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