Many counties have completely banned smoking in all public places.cover photo. Photo by Chen Liang Ta(陳亮達)

Taiwanese Exposed to Second-hand Smoke as Rules on Smoking-Free Area Unclear

Up to now, there are 144 countries following the FCTC — Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Many members of FCTC counties have completely banned smoking in all public places. No smoking in public area has become a global goal and trend. Although Taiwan isn’t part of World Health Organization (WHO), Taiwan is still active in participating in this pact.

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Electronics can’t be the model which children learn from. Photo/Lee, Tin-fung

3D products baby-sitting: Pros & Cons

As most parents are busy with business, they give children smartphones when there are no other options. A majority of people regard connecting with each other through smartphones as a routine. However, electronic goods are too heavy an incentive to children, making them pay attention on the screen and lose interest in reality little by little.

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Students should strenthen the campus crisis awareness to protect themselves from danger. Photo by Tang Yu Min(唐毓閔)

University Campus Safety is Unexploded Bomb: Awareness of Problem is Priority

Recently, an acid attack happened in National Taiwan University (NTU), causing one death and two injuries. According to police, after the murderer, who was a student from another school, splashed sulfuric acid to NTU’s students, he then committed suicide. University is an open space. Everybody is permitted to freely get in and out of the campus, resulting in many potential dangers. Universities are flashing red light on security.

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TNVR is the most humane way in the current situation. photo/ Chong, Cai-rong

Stray Animals Need Love and Care

A movie named “Twelve Nights” which was produced from dogs’ perspective about euthanasia in 2013 led to a zero euthanasia policy in Taiwan, causing animals’ shelters to be fully packed. The government set out to TNVR (T- trap, N-neuter, V-vaccinate, R-return) stray animals. But the policy seems to be incomplete, as it can’t solve the problem.

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Faced with globalization, Taiwan still has mature up-stream textile industry. Photo/Taiwan Trade Fair

Is Taiwan’s Garment Industry Fading? Textile Industry Needs to be Transformed

  Taiwan used to be the biggest manufacturer of ready-made garment. However, faced with globalization, many of Taiwanese factories have moved out of Taiwan, settling in other low-wage and mass-production countries. Nowadays, clothes in the whole world are no longer simply produced – they need to feed consumer appetite. Besides, fast-changing fashions also change consumer habits, affecting Taiwan’s textile industry.

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In lawsuits of food safety, all of victims are consumers, and they are just like a heap of loose sand. Photo/Hsiao Chih-lin(蕭芷琳)

Food Scandals of Taiwan

Over the past few years, Taiwan has been rocked by as many as 160 food safety issues, beginning with foods tainted with plasticizer (塑化劑) and leanness-enhancing agent (瘦肉精) , followed by tainted oil (黑心油) and most recently toxic eggs(毒雞蛋) .
After the tainted oil issue, some people not only noticed the food security problem but also were aware of food additives, but most of the people still have not paid much attention to food safety in spite of the news storm.

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