Reducing tobacco growing in taiwan and government intervention: Challenges and opportunities

Chang Fa Lo*, Tsai Yu Lin, Fong Ching Chang, Chuan Feng Wu, Pei Kan Yang, Chien Huei Wu, Chi Chung, Chi Wei Chan, Yun Ya Huang, Tsung Ling Lee, Pei Ju Wang, Shih Yu Yang, Eric Yi-hsin Yeh

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Under the influences of globalization and trade liberalization, the consumption of tobacco products is increasing around the globe bringing with it consequences for public health as well as other social, economic, and environmental problems. The first international public health treaty under the WHO, the FCTC includes various tobacco control measures to reduce supply and demand. The search for economically-viable alternatives to tobacco growing, among other factors, has been critical to a successful supply reduction policy. We begin with an analysis of the unique historical background and legacy of Taiwan's tobacco industry before providing an overview of the tobacco growing industry in Taiwan. We compare the domestic legal framework with that of the FCTC before finally discussing difficulties encountered during the history of policy enforcement as well as possible solutions in hope of contributing to the international study of alternative crops.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-247
Number of pages41
JournalAsian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar


  • Alternative crop
  • F.C.T.C
  • Framework convention on tobacco control
  • Monopoly
  • Tobacco grower
  • Tobacco industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Law


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