46% of vendors, shops sell cigarettes to minors under 18: survey

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/05/16
By: Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Nearly 46 percent of retailers and small vendors in Taiwan do not comply with the ban on selling cigarettes to minors, with betel nut vendors the biggest violators, according to the results of a survey released by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) on Tuesday.

Although the overall violation rate is lower than the 59.3 percent found in a similar survey conducted in 2012, there is still much room for improvement, the administration said.

The latest survey was conducted by the Consumers’ Foundation for the HPA between April and September 2016, in which workers dressed in school uniforms were sent to 660 retail shops and vendors in Taiwan’s 22 cities and counties to buy cigarettes.

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