Currently the use, possession, sale, import, manufacture and distribution of e-cigarette products is currently legal in Taiwan, but only because of a tricky legal loophole which may be rectified at any time.
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According to the Taiwanese government, all e-cigarette products are currently illegal in all respects as they require a license to be sold, and there have not been any licenses granted.
Although, the Director-General of Taiwan’s FDA was quoted as saying that there is no legal basis on which to punish people who sell electronic cigarettes or produce second-hand smoke with e-cigarettes. Taiwan’s Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act could not be applied to e-cigarettes since no actual tobacco is involved, he explained. “Therefore, no punishment can be issued if someone smokes e-cigarettes in smoking-prohibited areas.”
As such, there is currently a thriving vape scene and a number of retail stores can be found throughout the country.
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Taiwan is not a member of the World Health Organization and therefore cannot be a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.