Most Taiwanese Welcome 'Smoking on the Move' Ban: Survey

by Thilaka Ravi on  January 13, 2010 at 4:04 PM Lifestyle News
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Most Taiwanese approve of plans to ban smoking while walking, according to a survey on Wednesday, indicating that a proposed law to curb tobacco use on the move will enjoy big public support.
 Most Taiwanese Welcome 'Smoking on the Move' Ban: Survey
Most Taiwanese Welcome 'Smoking on the Move' Ban: Survey

Nearly 58 percent of the island's residents oppose smoking while travelling on foot, and more than 84 percent are against smoking while driving, according to a survey of over 1,000 people conducted by Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.

The poll comes as the Environmental Protection Administration is drafting a bill that will make it illegal to smoke while walking, riding a motorbike or driving a car.

Violators will face a fine of 6,000 Taiwan dollars (188 US dollars) if the law is approved by parliament, the agency said.

Taiwan has been part of a worldwide trend looking to tighten anti-smoking rules in recent years. The island banned smoking in all indoor public places in early 2009.

It has also outlawed all cigarette advertisement and imposed a "health tax" on cigarettes, a move the health department credits with helping to cut smoking by 10 percent.

Lung cancer has long been a leading cause of death in Taiwan, which has about five million smokers out of a total population of 23 million, according to government figures.

Source: AFP
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