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...

Tobacco farmer's son endorses smoking ban in most workplaces

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The son of a tobacco farmer running for governor in Kentucky endorsed a statewide smoking ban in most workplaces on Tuesday, a sign of the evolving tobacco politics in a state on...

2019 means puffing on beaches goes up in smoke in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into e...

Sweden moves to ban outdoor smoking

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden is banning outdoor smoking in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms. In a 142-120 vote Wednesday, the Riksdagen extended th...

Romania: Nightclub safety still a problem despite 2015 blaze

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say 280 nightclubs are still operating without fire safety permits — a report published three years since a nightclub fire in Bucharest killed 64 people....

Popular Danish singer-songwriter Kim Larsen dies at 72

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish rebel singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Larsen, who enjoyed huge popularity in his home country, has died. He was 72. Danish media dedicated many...

Smoking ban on Taipei's Elephant Mountain starts May 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Government will invoke a smoking ban on Elephant Mountain starting May 1. This is the municipal government's first legal action taken towards elimi...