After more than a decade of falling, the smoking prevalence rate began to rise in 2015.
Young adults have been taking up smoking, and given the ageing population, this group has become more important to cigarette players.
In Yunlin county, Taiwan's top poultry producer, more than 22,000 chickens on a farm in Shuilin were culled with the help of the military on Saturday as part of efforts to fight the virus, the official Central News Agency reported.
At least nine farms around Taiwan were confirmed as having been infected with the H5N6 virus since February 6, according to the agriculture council.
Animal quarantine authorities in Taiwan have slaughtered at least 150,000 poultry after an outbreak of the bird flu in many counties and cities on the self-ruled island.
Both volume and value sales of cigars and cigarillos were up in 2016, with cigarillos experiencing some migration from cigarette smokers concerned about planned cigarette tax increases.
The bird was one in a batch of 2,450 chickens from a farm in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung that had been sent to Taipei for sale, according to Taipei’s Department of Economic Development.
It was reported to animal quarantine authorities for tests after it was found with suspicious symptoms including swollen eyes; red skin on its abdomen, legs and wings; and intestinal bleeding, decay and necrosis, while being slaughtered on Wednesday, the department said.
After worshiping the gods and ancestors, the entire family will gather together to have dinner, which is so-called “Fireside Chat”.
Next, the elders will distribute red envelopes to junior generation for good luck.