The Taiwan Cabinet is all set to impose a nearly complete ban on vaping products. This includes the manufacturing and sales of vaping products, including e-cigarettes, which cannot be imported from other regions. The amendment is sent to Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, and it is likely to be finalized in the next few weeks.
Many experts say that the regional laws regarding vaping products are very confusing as even the existing laws prohibit various products. In the new amendment, the Cabinet is likely to allow heated tobacco products, and vaping products will not be legal in the future.
Even the manufacture and sales of heated tobacco products will be subject to various conditions. The manufacturers have to submit the products for health risk assessments and get approval from the relevant agencies.
According to the new regulations, the fine for individuals using such banned substances will be in the range of $72 to $362. Similarly, the fine can even exceed $1 million for commercial violators.
Even now, vaping products are banned in several regions of Taiwan, and they cannot be imported from other regions. The sale of e-cigarettes is also difficult as the manufacturers have to get permission from the regional pharma agencies for safety requirements.
Experts say that a complete ban on vaping products cannot be imposed as people would find other means to procure such products in the future. The region has an estimated 5 million smokers, and it is difficult to control the sales of all smoking products due to huge demand.