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Underage youth that smoked South Korea 2008-2018, by gender

In 2018, about 14.1 percent of male underage youth in South Korea had smoked at least once. Underage smoking continued increased for both genders until 2011. Since then, it has drastically decreased in recent years.

Share of underage youth that smoked in South Korea from 2008 to 2018, by gender

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Release date

March 2019


South Korea

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Number of respondents

16,500 respondents

Age group

10-18 years

Special properties

surveyed every two years from 2014

Supplementary notes

South Korean citizens are able to purchase tobacco from January 1st of the year that they would turn 19 years of age. While there is no law that forbids underage smoking, it is illegal for others to provide any means through which underage youth can smoke.

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