Page 9 - Taiwan Tobacco Control Annual Report 2015 台灣菸害防制年報(英文版)
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               Non-price Measures

                    Smoke-free Supportive Environments

                    Both smoking and second hand smoke are extremely detrimental human health hazards that
               may also impact socio-economic burden. Countries throughout the world are thus aggressively
               carrying out tobacco control measures. These measures must reduce the smoking rate as well as
               prevent non-smokers from smoking, and help smokers quit their habits. The most important issue is
               to prevent the public from the hazards caused by second hand smoke. To achieve this, the Health
               Promotion Administration (HPA) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has enacted laws
               to eliminate second hand smoke from public areas. To protect the public from the threats of second
               hand smoke and safeguard everyone’s health, the HPA also focused on the root of the problem
               changing public perception about smoking and creating smoke-free environments in schools, military
               institutions, communities, and work places that will protect the public from the threats caused by
               second hand smoke and safeguard our health.

               Building a Smoke-free
               Environment at the Local Level

                    The Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act of                                                         009
               Taiwan has been enforced for 6 years since its
               promulgation in January 2009. By expanding
               non-smoking areas, enforcing strict controls
               on advertisements for tobacco products, and
               carrying out educational awareness programs,
               the HPA achieved over 90% coverage for
               general public protection from second hand
               smoke in non-smoking areas. Fellow citizens
               have therefore begun to concern smoking at
               covered walkways, roads, pavements, and
               other public areas, expose others to second   ●  Smoke-free school pavement in Kaohsiung City       Reducing tobacco demand
               hand smoke when outdoors.
                    The Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act has
               yet clearly stipulated areas where smoking
               is completely prohibited. The legal basis for
               non-smoking areas is based upon Article 15,
               Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 13 and Article
               16, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 4 specifying
               that non-smoking areas shall be designated
               by the competent authorities at various levels
               and annouced of the government. In order
               to create a smoke-free environment, local
               health departments have extensively advised
               that crowded areas, or places around schools
               under  their  jurisdiction  to  be  designated
               as non-smoking areas by county and city
               governments in compliance with the Act. Local   ●   Mobile announcement for the new policy: “with the exception of
               health departments have also dispatched        smoking areas, smoking is prohibited in all parks and green areas” at a
               volunteers to patrol these areas and advise    kindergarten in Gueiren District, Tainan City
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