New Taipei City in Taiwan will expand smoke-free policy to a perimeter of 10 meters surrounding the government building, including corridors and open space within the public square, starting May 1st. Violators will face a penalty from NT$2,000 (US$68) to NT$10,000 (US$339). Many smokers blamed the city government for taking away their rights even to smoke outdoor, as if smokers are to be decimated.
New Taipei City Secretariat said, trash bins and ashtrays are placed on both sides of the government building and on public square corridors, as government employees and customers frequently smoke in these areas. According to regulations of Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, although these semi-open public spaces have covers, they are not considered as smoke-free areas.