HPA announces law to expand ban on smoking places to all bars, nightclubs, cigar lounges, including e-cigarettes
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei (Taiwan News) — The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) announced today a proposed law to
expand the recent ban on smoking in public places to bars, nightclubs, cigar lounges, and this will include e-cigarettes with violators subject to a fine of up to NT$10,000 (US$312).
Under the current regulations, smoking is banned in public places. However, there is an exception to this law for hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and other indoor public places that have independent air conditioning systems or rooms that have been partitioned for smoking, as well as cigar lounges and bars after 9 p.m.
Lo Su- ying (羅素英), head of the HPA’s Health Education and Tobacco Control Division, told CNA today that the proposed amendment to the “Smoking Control Law” to remove smoking rooms will not only apply to bars, nightclubs and cigar lounges, but also electronic cigarettes a will be included, with the devices banned from public areas and not to be sold to those under 18 years of age. [FULL STORY]