North Korean companies are currently listing pills which cure cigarette addiction, “brain activator glasses” and a jam made from worms as new products on the Naenara media portal.
The cigarette addiction cure is a product of the Korea Tobacco Cessation Research Institute, a company not previously mentioned in North Korea media.
According to the advert the pills cause “the smoker to grow indifferent to tobacco,” and come with other potential health benefits.
“It cures circulatory and respiratory diseases caused by smoking … It is highly efficacious for phlegm, coughing and laryngitis, and for preventing cancers of the larynx, bronchus, lungs and tongue caused by smoking,” the article reads.
The pills are supposed to be taken three times a day for seven to 10 days, and are made from ginseng and other natural extracts.
“There are two kinds of supplements to stop smoking. The first is a supplement which includes nicotine. So, people can absorb nicotine by having the supplement instead of smoking … The second is a supplement which does not include nicotine,” Bang Joon Seok, a clinical pharmacy professor at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul told NK News.
“But when I heard about the ingredients, it seems more like a nutrient-adjusted food rather than a medicine … It will not have the effect of stopping smoking immediately.”
The brain activator glasses featured on the site claim that medicinal effects are only temporary and “forcibly disconnect the neurotransmission functions of the brain.”
The glasses developed by the Pyongyang Medical College of Kim Il Sung University combat neurological disorders, and can treat various kinds of headache, insomnia and nervous breakdowns.
Some of the claims surrounding the “nutritive jam” made from meal worms are equally unusual. The product can supposedly protect those who eat it from “radioactive rays caused by computers.”
Nonetheless not all the items listed on the site are so oddly marketed. Also included in the product list are domestically made CT-scanners, PH meters and water treatment devices.
Additional reporting by Hyunbi Park
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