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S.Korea's top convenience store chain drops flavoured liquid e-cigarettes

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South Korea's top convenience store chain GS25 has stopped selling flavoured liquid e-cigarettes, the parent company GS Retail said on Thursday.

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SEOUL, Oct 24 (Reuters) - South Korea's top convenience store chain GS25 has stopped selling flavoured liquid e-cigarettes, the parent company GS Retail 007070.KS said on Thursday.

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 U.S. 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 033780.KS, 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.

(Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Ju-min Park and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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