Lowest-ever smoking rate

The incidence of smoking among South Korea’s adult men last year dropped to the lowest level officially recorded, according to a story in The Hankyoreh.
Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) figures indicate that the incidence or smoking among adult men (those who have smoked more than five packs in their lifetime and continue to smoke) was 38.1 percent in 2017, down from 40.7 percent the previous year.
This is the lowest level recorded since the government began conducting health and nutrition surveys in 1998.
The MHW said that national anti-smoking campaigns, which began in 2016, might have contributed to this decrease.