S. Korea’s top convenience store halts sales of liquid vapes

GS25 plans to consider whether to expand its sales suspension to all liquid e-vaping products. (AFP pic)

SEOUL: South Korea’s top convenience store chain GS25 has stopped selling flavoured liquid e-cigarettes, the parent company GS Retail said today.

The sales suspension came a day after the country’s health minister warned the public to stop using liquid vaping products, citing a number of deaths attributed to e-cigarettes in the United States.

GS25 halted sales of three flavoured vape products of US e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, including “tropical” – the equivalent of mango flavour offered in the United States – and one product of a local tobacco company KT&G, the parent company said in a statement.

The convenience store firm plans to consider whether to expand its sales suspension to all liquid e-vaping products, after results of the South Korean government’s investigation into the products are known.

The South Korean office of Juul Labs and KT&G were not immediately available for comment.