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Taiwan

Tobacco Control Policies

Taiwan is not a member of the World Health Organization and therefore cannot be a Party to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. 

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in indoor workplaces jointly used by three or more persons; however, this prohibition does not apply to workplaces that are listed as public places.  There are also some limitations on smoking in indoor public places such as schools, universities, cultural institutions, government buildings and places for indoor sports and entertainment. However, smoking is allowed in designated smoking rooms in other public places such as hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, cigar houses, bars, and businesses open only after 9:00pm and for persons over the age of 18 years. Smoking is prohibited in public transportation vehicles and public transportation stations or passenger rooms, except in the international airport, which has smoking lounges. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Most forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited. However, point of sale product displays are allowed with certain restrictions on display size and location. Some forms of promotion, such as retailer incentive programs, may also escape the ban. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Pictorial and text health warnings must occupy 35 percent of the front and back of the packaging of smoked tobacco products. There are six authorized warnings and one authorized warning must appear on the front of the package and a different authorized warning must appear on the back. The warnings should be located at the top of the package, printed in black font on white background. The warnings should be rotated so that all six warnings appear with equal frequency. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited. 

Tobacco Taxation and Prices: The World Health Organization recommends raising tobacco excise taxes so that they account for at least 70 percent of retail prices. Tobacco tax information from Taiwan is currently unavailable.

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • Yes
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • Yes
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Yes
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • Yes
  • Promotional discounts
  • Yes
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • Paid placement in media
  • No
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 6
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 35%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 35%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 35%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • No
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • 0.00
  • Total taxes
  • 0%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 0.00
  • Total excise
  • 0%

Sources:

SF, APS, PL: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Legal Website. Available at: www.tobaccocontrollaws.org

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2017. Available at: www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/2017/en/  

Last updated: July 27, 2015