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  • Wednesday, September 04, 2019
  • Where there's smoke

  • Having been outlawed in Thailand since 2014, e-cigarettes remain a subject of controversy and debate. While many are calling for the ban to be lifted due to the perceived health benefits of vaping, others argue that it may actually do more harm than good.

    Public debate on the issue was once again brought to the forefront recently, following the government's announcement last month that the ban on e-cigarettes would stay in place. [...]

  • Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Thailand Proudly Produces Its First Medical Marijuana

  • BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unwilling to allow the public to get zonked or
    profit from recreational marijuana, Thailand has instead produced its
    first pharmaceutical THC and CBD oils, tablets, oral sprays, chocolate
    wafers and traditional potions after recently legalizing medical
    cannabis.

    This first line of weed-based products puts Thailand on the cutting
    edge of Southeast Asia's legal marijuana industry, a lucrative
    advantage if allowed to flourish.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Paying Smokers to Quit Really Works

  • Smoking is bad for you – that’s common knowledge. [...] researchers and healthcare providers are constantly looking for new and better ways to help people quit smoking. A new systematic review demonstrates a concept that is proven to work: Paying smokers to quit. The review, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, includes 33 studies with more than 21,600 participants. The studies were conducted in the U.S., Europe, Thailand, and the Philippines in a wide range of settings including community centers, workplaces, [...]
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • Still at war with the tobacco epidemic, Indonesia must control e-cigarettes too

  • Several countries are banning e-cigarettes due to revelations of health risks to both users and bystanders. But in Indonesia, the world's second-largest cigarette market, the government has yet to put in place policies to prevent youths from taking up vaping. There has been no research on the prevalence of vaping among youth in Indonesia, but the Indonesian government should be alarmed by the reports of illness and death due to vaping in the US.