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December 29, Legislative Yuan completed first reading of the “Revised Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act” which was sent to the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee for review.
December 28, In order to enhance the efficacy of published data, 2015 cancer incidence data was published. Statistical analysis indicated that a further 105,156 individuals had contracted cancer, which meant that someone found they have cancer an average of every five minutes in Taiwan. Colorectal cancer remained the most frequent type of cancer for the 10th year in a row, though there was negative growth in the absolute number of people for the first time, making it the fastest falling type of cancer both in terms of absolute numbers and rate of occurrence. These figures were an indication that screenings for colorectal cancer was gradually having an impact and this was used to underscore emphasize to the public the importance of cancer screening.
December 24, The “2017 Smoke Free Home Coloring Competition” was aimed at preschool students and received 27,874 submissions. A ceremony was held where the top 44 works receive awards, with the award-winning pieces exhibited at fixed locations, included as part of a touring exhibition with the interactive experience vehicle and calendars produced, to enhance the impact of the message.
December 21, The 3,581st Cabinet meeting of the Executive Yuan reviewed and adopted the “Revised Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act.” The revised law introduced more stringent management of E-cigarettes, banned flavored cigarettes, expanded the use of pictorial warnings, expanded the ban on smoking in indoor public spaces, increased fines for repeat offenders, banned name sponsorship by tobacco firms, added legal and medical support and banned authorized advertising copying goods used for smoking.
December 13-31, Introduction of first “thirdhand smoke” tobacco hazard education interactive experience vehicle. This invited visitors to play the interactive game “Tobacco hazard detective and the chamber of the thirdhand smoke incident” in which players had to find the remnants of thirdhand smoke. This activity made tobacco control education part of daily life and taught the public about the danger to health posed by third-hand smoke. In conjunction with schools at all levels, business districts, seniors/communities a total of 12 interactive and promotional activities were held with nearly 10,000 participants.