(Corrects paragraph four to make clear Juul stated consumer security is a prime precedence, not that e-cigarettes are protected)
A person makes use of a vape system in Seoul, South Korea, October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Heo Ran
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s prime comfort retailer chain suspended the sale of flavored liquid e-cigarettes made by U.S. firm Juul Labs on Thursday, a day after the federal government warned the general public to cease utilizing such merchandise citing fatalities in the US.
The GS25 chain halted gross sales of three of Juul Labs’ merchandise together with “tropical” – the equal of mango in the US – and one made by South Korean firm KT&G, retailer father or mother firm GS Retail stated.
The agency would think about dropping all liquid e-vaping merchandise if an ongoing authorities investigation discovered them to be harmful, it added.
Juul Labs stated it “considers consumer security as the highest precedence in product growth” and its merchandise present an alternative choice to conventional cigarettes.
“Juul Labs is hoping to have dialogue with GS25 officers repeatedly and supply another choice for grownup people who smoke within the nation,” Juul Labs stated in an announcement.
KT&G stated it might comply with the federal government’s coverage route.
Nations all over the world have been pulling digital cigarette merchandise from markets and limiting promoting as vaping faces elevated scrutiny.
South Korean Well being Minister Park Neung-hoo cited instances of lung accidents related to e-cigarettes in the US as he warned of a “severe threat to public well being” on Thursday.
U.S. well being officers have up to now reported 33 deaths and 1,479 confirmed and possible instances from a mysterious respiratory sickness tied to vaping.
Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Modifying by Ju-min Park and Stephen Coates