The China Post
Date: January 6, 2017
By: Kuan-lin Liu
TAIPEI, Taiwan — he Health Ministry on Thursday proposed a ban on smoking in all indoor public
spaces, citing the need to safeguard citizens from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
The ban is part of a proposed seven-point revision to the current Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act.
If approved, the bill would take the current ban on indoor smoking one step further by ridding it of all exceptions.
Under current law, certain indoor public spaces, including hotels, markets, restaurants, smoking rooms, cigar lounges and bars operating after 9 p.m., are exempt from Taiwan’s smoking ban.
Luo Su-ying (羅素英) of the Health Ministry’s Health Promotion Administration — where the bill originated — said the revisions would eliminate a rule that allows for indoor smoking areas, by adding smoking rooms, bars, clubs and cigar lounges to the list of public spaces where smoking is not allowed. [FULL STORY]