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Women to face fines for smoking during pregnancy

Women to face fines for smoking during pregnancy

Taiwan will fine pregnant women for smoking in a bid to ensure healthier babies and curb the number of female smokers which is on the rise, health officials said yesterday.
"Smoking is a leading cause of miscarriage, still births and premature births and female smokers must be aware of the health risks," said Yu Po-tsun, an official at the Bureau of Health Promotion.
According to a draft revision of the "Tobacco Hazards Act," women will face a maximum fine of NT$10,000 (US$325) for smoking during pregnancy. But the fines will be waived if pregnant smokers attend courses to help them quit the habit.
"More women are smoking now and we hope the law will help promote anti-smoking awareness," Yu said, adding that the number of female smokers in Taiwan was estimated at 500,000 in 2004.


Updated : 2021-10-18 21:12 GMT+08:00