Taiwan introduces stricter anti-smoking regulations

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TAIPEI -- New anti-smoking regulations implemented last month will likely have a major impact on the advertising and sale of tobacco products in Taiwan. The display of tobacco products or posters and the demonstration or explanation of such products using words or illustrations are now prohibited where tobacco products are sold.

In addition, all tobacco products are required to carry a Chinese-language notice, prominently displayed on the pack, stating the amount of nicotine and tar contained in the product.

The new regulations make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone below the age of 18. To facilitate the ban on sales to minors, the new regulations prohibit the sale of tobacco products through automatic vending machines, mail order, electronic shopping or any other medium in which the age of the purchaser can not be verified.

All smoking is also now banned in most public places, including schools, hospitals, bus and railway stations, airports, restaurants, hotels and public areas of both government and privately-owned buildings.

Copyright October 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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