By: Wang Hung-kuo and Chi Jo-yao
Taipei, April 25 (CNA) New Taipei City will prohibit smoking in public areas in front of
several convenience store and coffee shop chains with effect from September, the city’s Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.
The seating areas in front of 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, OK Mart, Simple Mart and Hi-Life stores will be designated as non-smoking areas, as will the public spaces in front of Starbucks, 85 Cafe and Louisa Coffee shops in New Taipei, the health department said.
Those businesses were informed on March 1 of the impending regulation, which gave them six months’ notice of its implementation, the department said.
When the new regulation takes effect on Sept. 1, violators will risk a fine of NT$2,000 (US$64.6) to NT$10,000, the department said. [FULL STORY]