Smoker rights groups rally against vaping ban…

  • By Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Smoker rights teams yesterday protested exterior the legislature in Taipei in opposition to a proposal to ban e-cigarettes.

Holding indicators that learn: “Consumers have rights, too,” “Give me the freedom to choose” and “Do not force me to smoke cigarettes,” protesters stated the federal government mustn’t impose a blanket prohibition in opposition to e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs).

The authorities should respect the rights of people who smoke, they stated, including that it ought to supply individuals selections, as a substitute of instituting an outright ban.

Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

The protest was in response to the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee contemplating adjustments to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act (菸害防制法) that will ban e-cigarettes and restrict HTPs. Amendments to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act (毒品危害防制條例) to limit e-cigarettes are even be thought-about by the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.

One protester stated that vaping gadgets, HTPs and flavored cigarettes must be regulated like common cigarettes, with taxes and age restrictions for buy.

“HTPs and e-cigarettes should be classified as tobacco products, just like the cigarettes sold at convenience stores,” stated the protester, who requested that their identify not be used. “We agree that the government should impose restrictions and rules, not permit sale to minors, no advertising, no online purchase and have health warnings.”

Separately, whereas discussing amendments to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act on the legislature, Deputy Minister of Justice Tsai Pi-chung (蔡碧仲) was requested about current calls by advocates urging the federal government to allow medicinal hashish.

Tsai stated there isn’t any plan to decriminalize hashish, which stays categorized as a class 2 narcotic.

Tsai stated the judiciary is cracking down on all unlawful drug use, together with hashish, and stated it’s unlawful in Taiwan for YouTubers to put up movies instructing methods to develop marijuana.

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