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Smokers in Taiwan advised to keep social distancing during Lunar New Year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Cigarette smokers are advised to maintain a social distance to avoid contracting the coronavirus in gatherings during the Lunar New Year. The traditional holiday is kno...

Cancer incidence continues to rise in Taiwan

The number of new cases of cancer in Taiwan has continued to climb, with 4,447 more people diagnosed in 2018 than in 2017, a Health Promotion Administration (HPA) official said Tuesday. A total of ...

Betel nut use in Taiwan drops after vigorous campaign against oral cancer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has seen a significant reduction in betel nut use thanks to a government-led promotion campaign to prevent oral cancer, according to the country’s health auth...

Proposed law would let Taiwanese women get abortions without spouses' approval

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Health Promotion Administration (HPA) on Wednesday (Dec. 9) announced it will propose eliminating a law that requires women to receive permission from their s...

Taiwanese teenager diagnosed with pneumonia linked to vaping

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A 15-year-old Taiwanese teenager was in September diagnosed with pneumonia, which his hospital linked to his four-year vaping habit. The Chung Shan Medical University (...

Taiwan mulls ban on flavored cigarettes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s health authorities are seeking to prohibit flavored tobacco products found to appeal to youths. Around four out of 10 juvenile smokers used flavored ciga...

Vaping, HTP use on rise among youth as Taiwan mulls tightening controls

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With an amendment to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act being reviewed before its first reading, a new report sheds light on the number of young Taiwanese exposed to the h...

Men in Taiwan urged to block sun with umbrellas as heatstroke cases surge

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Over 200 heatstroke cases were reported in Taiwan during the first ten days of July, which is the highest in four years, alarming medical workers. Around 231 people req...

Taiwan to raise smoking age to 20, tighten rules on vaping

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The long-overdue amendment to Taiwan’s Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act will seek to raise the legal age for smoking to 20 and introduce restrictions on non-traditiona...

Number of young Taiwanese smoking rises for first time in 10 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of young people smoking rose for the first time in a decade last year, while the popularity of e-cigarettes rose by half, according to a report by the Ministry ...

Legislative reform badly needed for Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New Power Party legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) of Taiwan accused the legislature of dereliction of duty and called for an end to corruption and an “exploitative ec...

Taiwan remains most overweight Asian country despite increase in exercise

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is the most overweight country in Asia despite an upward trend of exercising regularly, according to government statistics. The Health Promotion Administration (...

Colorectal cancer tops most common cancer list in Taiwan for 2016

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Colorectal cancer topped the list of the most common cancers and a new cancer was diagnosed every 298 seconds in Taiwan in 2016, according to a report released by the Heal...

Doctors in Taiwan urge young people to quit smoking to reduce heart attack risk

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A leading cardiologist in Taiwan has warned young people to quit smoking in order to reduce the risk of having a heart attack. Associate Dean and attending physician at...

More older infertile women opt for artificial means to give birth

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Over 34,000 infertile women in Taiwan used assisted reproductive technology to try to give birth in 2016, with women aged 35 or over opting for the technology growing in number, ...