Smoking to be banned at national parks, scenic areas
March 6, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
TAIPEI -- Smoking outside of designated spots will be forbidden at national parks and scenic areas around Taiwan from April 1, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced yesterday.
Under the new policy, smoking will also be banned at outdoor concerts, including Spring Scream and Spring Wave Music and Art festivals, both of which will take place in southern Taiwan's Kenting National Park next month.
Subjecting people to second-hand smoke is a violation of their basic human rights, the ministry said, adding that violators will be subject to fines of between NT$2,000 (US$68) and NT$10,000.
If a park or scenic area does not have any designated smoking areas, smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the premises, the administration said.
The ban announcement, however, has not been well-received by smoking advocates, who say that preventing people from lighting up in those areas is unconstitutional.