Korea’s Ministry of Health calls for cancellation of Korea Vape Show 2023

According to a report by Chosun Ilbo, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea has called for the cancellation of the KoreaVapeShow 2023 at KINTEX in Goyang City, as this type of event openly displays e-cigarettes in a public place and violates the relevant laws and regulations. It is reported that brands such as HQD, ELFBAR, SMOK, GEEKVAPE, SMISS, Aspire, INNOKIN, and ELUX have participated in the show.
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare and other sources, the exhibition company TheFairs and the Korea Electronic Cigarette Promotion Committee will hold “Korea Electronic Cigarette Exhibition 2023” from July 21 to 23 at KINTEX in Goyang City. Smoking will take place on the show floor, and Korean law requires that indoor smoking must take place in a completely enclosed smoking room, but at this event, e-cigarettes are reportedly being displayed on an open stage.
Organizers say they have banned smoking in public areas such as lobbies, passageways, and cafes within the show venue, but the displays are still taking place on booths and stages. At the 2022 event, participants even performed smoke spitting on stage. When the local health department inspected the site, the organizers interrupted the displays to avoid being penalized.

This year’s event is also scheduled to host a fan autograph session with a famous Japanese adult film actress and a gambling event with a well-known adult magazine model. Organizers said they will prohibit minors from entering the event and require proof of identity on site.

KINTEX has held coordination meetings with Gyeonggi Province, Goyang City, local health clinics and the National Cancer Center, as well as sending a cancellation request letter to the organizers, but the organizers are reported to have expressed difficulty in canceling the event.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare also sent an official letter to the organizers stipulating the request to cancel the event. A source from the Ministry of Health and Welfare said:

“For health promotion reasons, we were concerned about a number of issues and sent a withdrawal request letter a few weeks ago. The possibility of indoor smoking if activities such as e-cigarette demonstrations are conducted, and the possibility of teenagers watching if there is no entrance/exit control are also concerns.”

The Department of Health and Welfare plans to conduct an on-site inspection on the day of the event to identify any violations such as indoor smoking in a no-smoking area. The Ministry of Health and Welfare also plans to impose fines and other penalties for violations, unless measures such as completely enclosed smoking rooms are set up in the exhibition venue.