Taiwan Health Organization Seeking to Ban Vapor Products

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The director of Taiwan’s top health organization said his agency was seeking to amend the Tobacco Hazard Prevention and Control Act to ban the import and sale of heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

During the two-month preview period for the draft amendments, which ended at the end of last month, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) received more than 4,000 letters from members of the public expressing conflicting opinions on the proposed bans, according to Deputy Director-General Wu Chao-chun yesterday .

Letters from tobacco companies mostly criticized proposals to enlarge the warnings printed on cigarette packages to 85 percent of the front surface area and to raise the legal age for smoking from 18 to 20, Wu said, according to a story in the Taipei Times..

The HPA hopes to submit the draft amendments to the Ministry of Health and Welfare at the end of this month, which would forward them to the Executive Yuan next month for review, he said.