Bill to ban e-cigarettes passed
Lawmakers have passed a slew of amendments to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act.
The amendments include a complete ban on e-cigarettes and raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 20. The revisions were introduced by the cabinet in January of last year.
They stipulate that the manufacture, import, sale, supply, display, advertising and use of all tobacco-like products, including e-cigarettes, shall be prohibited - with violators facing a maximum fine of NT$50 million.
The revisions include a provision for regulating novel and emerging tobacco products, such as heated tobacco products, which are currently not included in the act.
Along with raising the legal smoking age, smoking bans will be extended in more areas - and those areas include all school campuses, kindergartens, baby care centres, and in-home child care locations.
The amended law also includes a provision to increase the current warning graphic and text area on product packages from 35 to 50% of the total package surface.