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30 fined for breaking ban on smoking during festival

TAIPEI -- Thirty people were fined during the April 3-6 Kenting Music Festival for violating a new outdoor smoking ban, Pingtung County's Public Health Bureau said Monday.

A fine of NT$2,000 each was slapped on 23 Taiwanese and seven foreign nationals from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the United States, Canada and South Africa, the bureau said.

Under the new policy that became effective April 1, smoking is not allowed at outdoor concerts or outside of designated areas at national parks and scenic areas around Taiwan.

If a park or scenic area does not have a designated smoking area, smoking is prohibited anywhere on the premises.

Violation of the ban can result in a fine of up to NT$10,000.

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