TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan Cabinet on Thursday (January 13th) launched a Bill to Amend the Tobacco Hazard Prevention Law, aimed at banning e-cigarettes and flavored cigarettes, increasing the content of health hazard warnings on cigarette packs and to increase the smoking age up to 20 years.
The proposals contained in the amending bill include one to ban the manufacture, import, sale, supply, display, advertising and use of electronic cigarettes.
The bill mentions that new unapproved tobacco products, such as heated tobacco products or those already on the market, will need to be submitted to central government authorities for health risk assessments, and this is not the case. that when they are sanctioned, that they can be manufactured or imported.
The bill also proposes to increase the required area containing the health hazard warning on a tobacco product package from 35% to 85%.
Flavored cigarettes are also targeted by the bill because they are included in the prohibited list. The bill states that cigarettes containing aromas of flowers, fruits, chocolate or mint, or containing banned additives, should be banned.
The bill also proposes to raise the smoking age from 18 to 20, adding that according to a US study, as people get older, their chances of becoming addicted to tobacco decrease. Many countries, including the United States, Singapore and Thailand, have raised the smoking age to at least 20, according to the bill.
It is proposed to expand the areas where smoking is prohibited to include university campuses, kindergartens, daycares and family day care centers, bars and nightclubs that are listed as non-smoking establishments but allowed to install smoking rooms.
Penalties for manufacturing, importing, selling, supplying, displaying or advertising new designated tobacco products that have not been sanctioned by health risk assessments will be increased, so that they will be heavier than the penalties incurred for equivalent violations with regard to conventional cigarettes.