Health Bureau personnel inspected the e-cigarette industry today, and most of the industry had removed their products from the shelves in advance, and no illegal activities were found on the first day.

(Provided by Kaohsiung City Health Bureau)

[Reporter Xu Lijuan/Kaohsiung Report] The Executive Yuan announced that the Amendment to the Tobacco Hazard Control Law will come into effect today (22nd), including a complete ban on e-cigarettes, the inclusion of heated cigarettes, an increase in the smoking ban age to 20, and a full ban on colleges and universities. smoke etc.

The Kaohsiung City Health Bureau inspected 17 e-cigarette companies today, of which 9 are closed and 8 have removed their e-cigarettes from the shelves.

The Health Bureau said that the first day of the new system will focus on the inspection of e-cigarettes. There are a total of 44 businesses selling e-cigarettes in Kaohsiung City. Today, 17 companies have been inspected. It should be that they have received wind in advance, and 9 of them have pulled down their iron gates or closed their doors. The eight operators have removed e-cigarettes from the shelves in advance and said they will switch to selling other products, but the Health Bureau will continue to check.

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The Health Bureau pointed out that from now on, anyone is prohibited from manufacturing, importing, selling (including through the Internet, physical stores and face-to-face delivery), supplying (providing others to use), displaying or advertising (creating advertisements, accepting dissemination or publishing) all kinds of electronic products. Tobacco articles such as cigarettes or their component parts.

Selling and displaying tobacco-like products or their combined components can be fined from 200,000 yuan to 1 million yuan. Manufacturers or importers can be fined up to 50 million yuan. People who use electronic cigarettes in any place can be fined from 2,000 yuan to 1 million yuan. A fine of 10,000 yuan.

The Health Bureau reminds that the new system of the Tobacco Hazard Prevention Law includes a complete ban on electronic cigarettes, the acceptance of heated tobacco, the increase of the smoking ban age from 18 to 20 years old, the increase in the area of ​​warning graphics and texts on tobacco product containers from 35% to 50%, and the prohibition of smoking. Flavored cigarettes, heavier penalties, and expansion of non-smoking places are included in colleges, kindergartens, childcare centers, home-based childcare service places, as well as bars and nightclubs that do not have independent air-conditioning and indoor smoking rooms with independent compartments, etc. Prevent young people from early exposure to smoking products.

Regarding the extension of smoking bans to schools at all levels, and the expansion of colleges and universities to a comprehensive ban on smoking, the Health Bureau has gone to colleges and universities to promote a comprehensive ban on smoking in schools. The original 6 campuses that had smoking areas are now also demolished and replaced. The smoking extinguishing device was removed, and the school gate and obvious places were replaced with a total no-smoking sign.

The Health Bureau will also continue to inspect smoking places around the campus and publicize the new regulations after the revision of the law. It is not allowed to supply tobacco products to those under the age of 20, so as to avoid being punished for not knowing the regulations. People who need to quit smoking can also call toll-free Smoking cessation hotline 0800-63-63-63 for consultation.

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The amendment to the Tobacco Hazard Prevention Law is officially on the road, including a complete ban on the sale and use of e-cigarettes, raising the smoking ban age to 20, and a comprehensive ban on smoking in colleges and universities. The new system will also increase penalties.

(Provided by Kaohsiung City Health Bureau)