New law outlaws smoking on all of the country’s campuses

Smoking will soon be banned across all university and college campuses in Taiwan based on a recent amendment to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, according to the Ministry of Education, write Chen Chih-chung and Ko Lin for CNA.

The Ministry of Education said it has already sent letters notifying schools on 21 February that designated smoking areas, including cigarette ashtrays, must be completely removed from campuses by the end of this month. ‘No smoking’ signs should be put up at various entrances to the school to remind students, faculty as well as visitors of a smoking-free campus, the ministry said.

The amendment, which cleared the Legislative Yuan in January, added university and college campuses to a list of places where smoking is completely prohibited. Prior to the amendment, smoking was prohibited in high schools and below, while universities were allowed to set up designated outdoor smoking areas on campus. Now, many of the outsourced restaurants and shops set up inside campuses, including their employees, also need to respect the complete ban on smoking, the Ministry of Education said.
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