New Taipei cracking down on e-cigarettes
New Taipei City's Health Bureau is reminding businesses that displaying and selling e-cigarettes is prohibited in the city.
The bureau has been carrying out inspections to enforce the new Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, which raises the smoking age to 20, prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and limits heated tobacco products. One vendor in Zhonghe District was found to be violating the ordinance, and could face a maximum fine of NT$1 million.
The bureau states a total of 757 fines have been imposed since the city government implemented its own e-cigarette and heated tobacco products management ordinance in August 2021, amounting to more than NT$2.4 million. Over the past year and a half, 74 physical storefronts have closed or transformed in compliance with the ordinance. Two students were also fined NT$2,000 each for smoking on a university campus.