Ban on Electronic Cigarettes Takes Effect 菸害防制法新制今上路 全面禁電子煙

The revised Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act was promulgated on March 22. Electronic cigarettes are now completely banned, and the maximum fine for using them is NT$10,000. Civic groups called on the government to strictly investigate and crack down on usage. However, regional health officials said this is easier said than done because the usage time is short and it's hard to identify people. In addition, they have a limited number of inspectors. People who want to report others will need to provide evidence, including time, location, and images showing illegal behavior. However, it may be dangerous for people to go around taking photos and videos of smokers using e-cigarettes. 

Hsueh Jui-yuan, Health and Welfare Minister: “We already dispatched personnel to local areas, and we will continue to increase the manpower this year and next. As for the actual difficulties that could arise, we'll resolve them one by one. We had difficulties in the past with inspecting other types of illegal behavior, such as underage buying, but we still continued doing them and difficulties can't be the reason for not doing something. You just have to find a way to overcome them.”

Under the amendments, the maximum fine for selling or advertising heated tobacco products that have not undergone health risk assessments is NT$50 million. Cracking down on these products will be difficult, especially cracking down on "implements" that are not managed as tobacco products. It will also be hard to prevent these products from being sold online, as sellers use fake identities. The maximum fine for online advertisements is NT$1 million, and online platforms can receive successive fines of NT$200,000 to NT$1 million.





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