Ranked 36 out of 80

Republic of Korea

Overall Score: 55

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Indicators of Influence

These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in the Republic of Korea.

No. 1

Industry participation in policy development

Indicator Score:

4 / 20

No. 2

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities

Indicator Score:

5 / 20

No. 3

Benefits given to the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

8 / 20

No. 4

Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

1 / 20

No. 5

Procedure for transparency measures

Indicator Score:

10 / 20

No. 6

Avoiding conflicts of interest

Indicator Score:

9 / 20

No. 7

Preventive measures

Indicator Score:

18 / 30


These are ways South Korea can deter interference from the tobacco industry:

  • Develop a comprehensive and time-bound national strategy to raise awareness on and curb tobacco consumption and tobacco industry interference in public health policy making.
  • Cascade and mainstream WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its guidelines within and among government departments involved in planning and monitoring of tobacco control policies.
  • Strictly ban tobacco industry marketing and promotional activities, directly through its so-called CSR activities or indirectly through its affiliates.
  • Expose harmful effects of and ban consumption of ENDs and HTPs.
  • Require the tobacco industry to submit information on tobacco production, manufacture, market share, marketing expenditures, revenues and lobbying activities.
  • Increase prices and excise tax on tobacco products, including ENDs and HTPs, to further reduce smoking prevalence and improve public health.

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