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...

Thailand bans smoking on 24 popular beaches

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Thailand announced on Feb. 1, that smoking has been banned from 24 beaches throughout the country. Penalties for sm...

Taiwan moves towards a total ban on 'vaping'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Executive Yuan of Taiwan is considering an amendment to current Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, which would make the manufacture, importation, sale and advertising of ...

Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning e-cigarettes in NY workplaces

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has added electronic cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban, making it illegal to use the devices in bars, restaurants and most workplaces. While New York ...

Oregon state senator: Sexual harassment common in Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A female state senator who accused a male colleague of inappropriate touching said Monday she's heard accounts from other women in the Oregon State Capitol of such behavior by men a...

Lawsuit challenges Florida ban on smokable medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The trial lawyer who led the effort to allow marijuana for medical uses in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state's decision to ban smokable forms of the plant. ...

Czech Republic enforces smoking ban after years of debate

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic is enforcing a smoking ban in bars, restaurants and cafes, putting to an end to the country's status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe. ...

Study: China struggles to kick world-leading cigarette habit

BEIJING (AP) — A decade-long study has found that most smokers in China, the world's largest consumer of tobacco, have no intention of quitting and remain unaware of the damaging health effects. ...

Up in Smoke: Regulations on indoor smoking to be relaxed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Smokers are breathing a sigh of relief, while nonsmokers will be gasping for air now that a draft amendment to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act has scrapped plans to ban smo...

Anti-smoking group seeks to raise legal smoking age to 20

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s anti-smoking group held a press conference on Wednesday calling for higher legal smoking age and completely smoke-free workplaces and indoor public places. The...

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreem...

Civil organizations urge gov’t to step up tobacco control regulations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—More than 72 civil organizations in Taiwan submitted a petition to lawmakers to update the decade-old Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act ahead of the World No Tobacco Month in M...

Support surges for smoking ban in tobacco country

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than seven in 10 people in one of the nation's largest tobacco-producing states support a statewide smoking ban for most public places. It's the highest le...

Smoking ban extended to all bus stops in New Taipei City

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Starting Friday, smoking will be prohibited at all bus stops and bus shelters in New Taipei City, announced New Taipei Deputy Mayor Lee Shih-chuan today. The ban will also ex...

Czech president, chain smoker, approves smoking ban in bars

PRAGUE (AP) — President Milos Zeman has put to an end the Czech Republic's status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe. Zeman, a chain smoker, signed into law on T...