This month, you should have noticed some changes with regard to cigarettes.
Taiwan has initiated strict new anti-smoking laws that will affect where people smoke, how much cigarettes cost and how stores and other establishments display and advertise tobacco products.
Smoking has long been prohibited in many public places, including schools, inside buses, and public transport systems. Now, under the new rules smoking is not permitted in any workplace that is used by three or more people, and businesses may not promote or openly display tobacco products.
The Department of Health (DOH) recently took the locally produced blockbuster \"Cape No. 7\" to task, warning that movie-goers should not imitate the film\'s scenes where characters smoke in an office, a hotel, on a ship\'s deck or on the beach, as all of these actions now constitute violations.
The DOH explained that the deck of a boat is regarded as an \"indoor area\", and reminded smokers visiting the beach that they must go to designated smoking areas.
Those caught face fines ranging from NT$2,000 to NT$10,000.
While the new laws may at first inconvenience some, in the long run we can all agree the health of Taiwan will improve as a result.