By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Smoking may soon be banned in the commercial areas around Taipei’s Xinyi and
Ximending districts, the city’s Department of Health said Sunday.
As part of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s initiative to curb smoking in public places and to promote the city’s smoke-free areas, health authorities revealed that it will set a trial period for an undisclosed amount of time.
However, the Health Promotion Division Director Lin Meng-hui said it is still seeking supports from surrounding shop owners, as they fear the ban would put off incoming tourists and young buyers who often frequent around the area.
During the trial period, a partial ban will be imposed daily from 6 p.m. to midnight, according to the local media. [FULL STORY]