- Posted January 23, 2014 by
No Smoking on April Fool’s Day in Taiwan
This could be a joke on April Fool's Day in Taiwan. Twice larger than the capital Taipei in size, the national parks and scenic areas in Taiwan are not allowed to smoke, for local Taiwanese residents as well as foreign visitors. The offenders of a new law called Tobacco Harzard Prevention Act will be fined 2,000 to 10,000 NT dollars, approximately 90 to 350 US dollars.
Upon hearing this new announcement, infuriated smoker groups soon gathered in front of the entrance to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. They shouted " Dictatorially claiming Taiwanese Soil, Persecuting Smokers, with a heavy 8-feet-tall heavy black plague eracted behind the crowd written "Headquater of Secret Services and Health and Welfare (衛生福利警備總部)," mocking sarcastically the ludicracy in violation of human rights, attempting to remind the public of the dark "white terror" past when Taiwan was under martial law declared by the regime in exile called the Repulic of China on this island.
The spokesman of the Association of Smoker's Rights (台灣吸菸者權益促進會）Chen Shao-Ting said, "Tobacco Harzard Prevention Act violates the Constitution of the regime in exile. While many public places and restaurants have not yet provided an area for smokers, where can the they go? Smokers already pay heavier taxes on Tobacco. An executive order cannot violate the Constitution"