Sun, Nov 02, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Night market bans smoking

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Taipei’s Ningxia Night Market (寧夏夜市) yesterday became the first night market in the city to ban smoking.

Volunteers holding poster-boards stood guard at the night market’s entrances, with anti-smoking emblems plastered on the market’s stalls and tables, and banners hanging strategically along its length.

“The night market is an open public space and we hope as many people as possible can enjoy it,” Ningxia Night Market Tourism Association director Lin Ting-kuo (林定國) said. “We shouldn’t allow a small number of smokers to influence the majority of our customers.”

The move is part of a broader city policy to ban smoking in public spaces and constrict it to designated areas, Taipei Department of Health Commissioner Lin Chi-hung (林奇宏) said.

Taipei’s Department of Information and Tourism commissioner Sun Ting-long (孫廷龍) said the ban is just the latest in a series of policies that are setting Ningxia Night Market apart from the capital’s other night markets.

In addition, the suppliers of vendors and the nutritional information of food sold can be viewed by scanning QR codes printed on vendor stalls, he said.

According to the association, the smoking ban will be enforced from 6pm to midnight, with violators fined a minimum of NT$2,000.

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