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The Background of NHIS Tobacco Litigation

  1. Serious threats to the Health of Korean citizens
    • Cohort study on developing disease in smokers has done by the NHIS and S.H., Jee of Yonsei Univ. in Aug. 2013 followed up disease development of Korean citizens who got health checkup form 1992 to 1995. The study shows that smokers are 2.9 ~ 6.5 times more likely to develop their diseases compared to nonsmokers.
    • Smoking is one of the harmful cause to lead Korean adults to death(NHIS, S.H., Jee., I.S., Kim, etc. of Yonsei Univ. 2013).
      • An analysis of mortality data from Statistics Korea about people who got health checkup from 1992 to 2004 showed that 58,155 deaths in 2012 resulted from the tobacco smoking (taking up 21.8% of 267,221 total deaths in 2012)
  2. Waste of NHIS expenditure on smoking related diseases
    • Health care cost due to smoking : 1.7 trillion Won by a year(NHIS Policy Research Institute, Aug. 2012)