Sales of e-cigarettes are increasing ahead of a planned hike in tobacco prices next year. Online retailer G Market says sales grew 17 times on-year in the first 22 days of the month.
Sales of smoking cessation aids including anti-smoking accessories and no-smoking stickers also increased.
More people are considering quitting smoking as cigarette prices will rise at least W2,000 per pack and smoking in all restaurants will be banned.
KT&G’s Esse and Raison will be hiked to W4,500 per pack, while Philip Morris’ Marlboro — No. 2 in the market here — will rise to W4,700.
Smoking is currently allowed in small restaurants, but the ban will be expanded to all restaurants, includ