Draft Amendments of the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act ( 41 pages, in English; 22 pages, in Chinese)
The amendments are proposed to take into account principles of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The proposed text contains eight chapters, thirty-eight articles, of which the main elements are described below:
1. Adding definitions of electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and slightly amending definitions of smoking, tobacco product container, tobacco product advertisement, and tobacco product sponsorship.
2. Adding that tobacco products sold by duty-free shops or duty-free shopping stores set up pursuant to the Customs Act or Offshore Islands Development Act shall be imposed with the HST.
3. Revising that size of graphic health warning pictorial and message shall consist of no less than 85% of the main visible surface of cigarette product containers, and brand name of the tobacco product, shall be printed in unitary font, size, and color.
4. Adding ban on sponsoring by tobacco product, and ban on sponsoring in the name of tobacco companies to any activities as methods of advertisement.
5. Revising that no one shall supply e-cigarettes to anyone under age of 18.
6. Adding that no person shall manufacture, import, sell or display e-cigarettes, and ban on sale or display of tobacco product with additives.
7. Deleting indoor smoking room regulation, in order to ensure that public indoor space is free from hazards of second hand smoking.
8. Adding that any person who is harmed by another for the purpose of dissuading not to smoke or refusing to supply cigarette product, may receive legal and medical assistance and support.
9. Adding a system of allocation of received fines as money rewards for reporting of offence.