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South Korean court delivers latest blow to e-cigarette makers

Makers say government campaign warning against devices is unfairly hurting business

Rapid growth in South Korea's e-cigarette market has reversed sharply amid a government campaign against the devices.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- E-cigarette makers in South Korea suffered a further setback after the Constitutional Court swiftly dismissed a petition by an industry body challenging the government's warnings against the devices.

The court's decision, issued just two weeks after the original filing by the Korea Electronic Cigarette Association, comes amid increasing government pressure on the once-thriving industry, both in South Korea and elsewhere in Asia. Late last year, India banned e-cigarettes entirely.

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