Taiwan has become the latest country to impose a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping products. The ban, which went into effect on January 1st, 2021, makes it illegal to sell, import, or advertise e-cigarettes and vaping products in Taiwan.
The decision to ban e-cigarettes and vaping products in Taiwan was made in response to growing concerns about the potential health risks associated with vaping, as well as the increasing use of e-cigarettes among young people. The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) cited the need to protect public health and prevent youth vaping as the main reasons for the ban.
The TFDA has also warned that violators of the ban could face fines of up to TWD 3 million (approximately USD 100,000) and up to 3 years in prison.
The ban in Taiwan is one of the strictest in the world and follows similar bans in countries such as India, Brazil, and Thailand. Other countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada have implemented regulations on e-cigarettes and vaping products, rather than a complete ban.
The decision to ban e-cigarettes and vaping products in Taiwan has been met with mixed reactions. Some health experts and organizations have praised the decision as a necessary step to protect public health, while others have criticized it as being too extreme and potentially driving users to the black market.
In summary, Taiwan has banned the sale, import, and advertising of e-cigarettes and vaping products effective January 1st, 2021.