Taipei to ban smoking at areas around MRT Ximen Station from July 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Smoking will not be allowed at areas surrounding a Taipei Metro station in the boisterous western district of Ximenting starting July 1, and violators will face a fine of ...

Florida's Grayton Beach No. 1 in top-10 US list

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The sand along the coast of Grayton Beach State Park is so unique, some say it speaks to you. It's compared to sugar, and is so white it's almost blinding in...

Virus lockdown tests Italians' commitment to the common good

ROME (AP) — Over the weekend, the Fiorentino butcher in downtown Rome was so packed with shoppers you could no longer smell the tangy scent of raw meat. By Tuesday, customers stood in an orderly queue...

Taichung to ban smoking at over 1,400 overhangs, storefronts Jan. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taichung City Government announced Monday (Dec. 30) that smoking will no longer be allowed near approximately 1,400 pedestrian overhangs and storefronts starting Wedne...

Kaohsiung cracks down on smoking

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Smokers in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung face fines ranging from NT$2,000 (about US$65) to NT$10,000 for lighting up a cigarette from Dec. 1. Kaohsiung&rsqu...

Smoking ban at VA facilities has some veterans fuming

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Serving up drinks at the American Legion post in Concord, Jeff Holland gets a little testy when the talk turns to smoking. A Marine veteran who enjoys lighting u...

13 fined on 1st day of smoking ban around convenience stores, coffee shops in greater Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On Sunday (Sept. 1), the first day that bans on smoking went into effect in front of convenience stores and coffee shops in Taipei and New Taipei City, a total of 13 citations ...

Taipei to ban smoking around convenience stores, coffee shops from Sept. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taipei will ban smoking in front of 15 convenience store chains and cafes starting on Sept. 1. Huang Shier-chieg (黃世傑), head of the city's department of health, on Monda...

Outdoor smoking now banned in Sweden in certain places

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An outdoor smoking ban in Sweden in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms, has taken effect. The ban, which started Monday, means ...

All in for riches: World Series of Poker marks 50th run

Tens of thousands of professional and amateur poker players go on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas every summer in hopes of returning home richer, owning a gold bracelet and having considerable bragging righ...

Sarri gets a winners' medal, but may still leave Chelsea

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Maurizio Sarri can take the Europa League title to the bank. The Chelsea manager and ex-banker already had the most improbable rise from Tuscan amateur teams ...

Taipei mulling ban on smoking around convenience stores, coffee shops

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Following New Taipei City's announcement that it would forbid cigarettes smoking on the pedestrian arcades around convenience stores and coffee shops, Taipei's city gov...

New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer. Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this s...

Japan struggles with English-language signs ahead of 2020 Olympics

With a little over a year to go until Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan's tourism authorities have called on the travel sector to get its act together and to provide signs and di...

Thai airports scrap smoking areas

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Six major airports in Thailand have declared themselves completely non-smoking, reports said Thursday. The decision by the Airports of Thailand PLC. (AOT) was motivated by co...