S. Korea stiffens cigarette laws

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South Korea will ban sales of cigarettes to teen-agers starting Sept. 1, fining violators as much as $375. Vending machines will be permitted only where teen-agers are denied access, according to the National Health Promotion Act, which will allow cigarette manufacturers to place 60 print ads annually per brand, down from 120. In March, cigarette packs will have to carry health warnings on the front, back and side. The new law also mandates health warnings for alcoholic beverages, with violators facing fines as high as $6,250, and as many as 12 months in prison.

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