Smoking prohibited in Aowanda
The Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area is completely non-smoking, and fines are imposed as of April 1, 2014!
To protect the health of the public, the Nantou Forest District Office of the Forestry Bureau has announced that in accordance with the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, "except for smoking areas of national parks, national nature parks, designated scenic areas, forest recreation areas, nature education areas and green spaces, smoking is prohibited" in all areas of the Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area as of April 1, 2014, and the public is requested to cooperate.
According to the Nantou Forest District Office, the Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area is rich in negative ions and phytoncide, which are beneficial to health and healing. However, a small number of visitors still smoke in the forest recreation area. To protect the health of everyone, the Forestry Bureau will first issue advice. For those who disregard the advice, the competent authority (the Health Promotion Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Nantou County Government Health Bureau) will conduct random inspections and impose fines. In accordance with the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, those who violate the smoking ban can be fined more than NT$2,000 and up to NT$10,000. So smokers beware! To keep your wallet from shrinking, visitors are adyised to cooperate.
Aowanda is famous for its maple. The linalool from the fragrant maple forest can boost and revitalize energy, and helps to refresh your mind. The public is welcome to come breathe in the healthy forest of Aowanda.