E-cigarette transactions in Taiwan, China are concentrated on online platforms, and the impact of the e-cigarette ban is beginning to show.

E-cigarette transactions in Taiwan, China are concentrated on online platforms, and the impact of the e-cigarette ban is beginning to show.

According to media reports in Taiwan, China, since the comprehensive ban on e-cigarettes and the regulation of heated tobacco last year, law enforcement agencies have discovered a total of 579 violations and fined 33.43 million yuan. It is worth noting that in the past three months, as many as 90% of suspected illegal cases were concentrated on Facebook, Instagram, and open-air auctions.

Zeng Bochang, the section chief of the "Tobacco Hazard Prevention and Control Team of the National Health Administration" explained that for Shopee shopping, open-air auctions, revolving auctions, MOMO, Instagram, Facebook, PChome, YouTube, Dcard, 7-11, FamilyMart stores, and self-storage For websites and other online platforms and associations, the National Health Administration provides network monitoring keywords to assist platform operators in establishing independent verification and removal mechanisms, and some operators have cooperated. However, a small number of businesses still need to improve.

Zeng Bochang said that from March 22 to December 31 last year, more than 70% of suspected illegal cases under online monitoring were concentrated on Facebook, Instagram, open-air auctions and other platforms, and the proportion has increased to 90% in the past three months. We will continue to monitor and inspect the situation, and violators will be referred to the Health Bureau for disciplinary action.

According to the "Smoking Harm Prevention Act", for prohibited e-cigarettes, as well as heated cigarettes and other tobacco products that have not passed the health risk assessment review, manufacturers and importers can be fined NT$10 million to NT$50 million; sellers and exhibitors The fee is NT$20,000 to NT$1 million; the user fee is NT$2,000 to NT$10,000.
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