Singer D.O., a member of K-pop boy group EXO, has been reportedly fined for indoor smoking after netizens reported him to authorities. 

On Wednesday, September 6, Mapo Public Health Center released a statement about the idol’s violation. Such a statement came after clips of D.O. allegedly smoking indoors circulated on social media. 

In August, EXO released a behind-the-scenes video from the group’s promotions for their album EXIST. In one of the clips where the group was preparing backstage for their Music Core appearance, D.O. was allegedly smoking an electric cigarette at their waiting room. 


Eagle-eyed fans were quick to raise complaints about D.O‘s indoor smoking with the Mapo Public Health Center. According to the National Health Promotion Act, smoking in a non-smoking area can cost up to 100,000 KRW. 


In response to the complaints, the Mapo Public Health Center confirmed that D.O. has been fined for the violation. 

Moreover, Mapo Public Health Center revealed that D.O. and his agency SM Entertainment weren’t able to provide evidence that the idol was using a nicotine-free electronic cigarette. 

Aside from being fined, the Mapo Public Health Center also assured that the singer “has pledged to faithfully comply with the law as a public figure in the future.”

As of writing, D.O and SM Entertainment have yet to release a statement about the issue. 

D.O’s second solo album 

In other news, D.O. is preparing for his second solo album Anticipation (literal translation). Set for a September 18 release, Anticipation will feature seven songs. 

On Friday, September 7, he also dropped the pre-release song I Do.” The accompanying music video served as a sequel to D.O’s previous solo track “That’s Okay.” 

Additionally, Anticipation will mark D.O.’s solo comeback in more than two years. He made his solo debut with the album Empathy in July 2021. 

Featured image: EXO’s D.O. in the concept photos for ‘Hear Me Out.’ Credit: Facebook/EXO