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Peter Boyle, Nigel Gray, Jack Henningfield, John Seffrin, and Witold Zatonski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.001.0001

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Tobacco control in the Republic of South Korea, an Asian example

Tobacco control in the Republic of South Korea, an Asian example

(p.263) Chapter 14 Tobacco control in the Republic of South Korea, an Asian example

Jae-Gahb Park

Ji Won Park

Hong-Gwan Seo

Jin Soo Lee

II Soon Kim

Yong-Ik Kim

Jong-Koo Lee

Dae-Kyu Oh

Oxford University Press

Awareness of the adverse effects of smoking has increased in the Republic of South Korea in a relatively short period of time. Adult male smoking rates rapidly fell over the past seven years, from 67.6% to 43.4%. This chapter discusses the role of the Korean government, NGOs, as well as the National Cancer Center (NCC) in Korea, whose mission was to prevent cancer, decrease cancer mortality, and improve the quality of life of Korean cancer patients, along with the other anti-smoking movements. In order to prevent cancer, it was thought that the most effective strategy was to protect people from tobacco exposure and that Cancer Centers and Cancer Institutes should set an example of how to deal with major carcinogenic threats like tobacco smoking.

Keywords:   Korea, anti-smoking campaigns, tobacco use, anti-cancer programmes, Cancer Centers

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