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Each country profile draws together some of the key statistics and regulatory information for each country in relation to smoking tobacco and safer nicotine products.

E-cigarettes are prohibited under several regulatory mechanisms in Thailand. The Medicine Act B.E.2510 (1967) prohibits manufacturing, sale and importation of modern medicinal products. The Tobacco Products Control Act B.E.2535 (1992) prohibits importation and sale of products imitating cigarettes. Notification B.E. 2557 (2014) by the Ministry of Commerce bans the import of e-cigarettes, including those without nicotine. A Consumer Protection Board order bans the sale of e-cigarettes, including those without nicotine. The Customs Act B.E. 2469 (1926) prohibits people from bringing untaxed products into Thailand. There is no explicit law banning the use of e-cigarettes, but vaping is banned where laws prohibit smoking. Although vaping is not banned as such, importing them and selling them are prohibited and so vapers can still get arrested. Anyone caught breaking these laws can have their items confiscated and be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.
Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Banned[1, 2, 3]
As tobacco products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
As medicinal products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
As consumer goods
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell device
No[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
No[1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
No[1, 2, 3]
Legal to import device - trade
No[1, 2, 3]
Legal to import nicotine - trade
No[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these tables show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Anti-tobacco group says increase in tobacco tax not enough
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    The anti-tobacco use group New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) has decried the meager tobacco tax increase imposed by the House of Representatives on tobacco products. Saying “it simply won’t do’’, NVAP president Emer Rojas said, in reaction to the decision of the House Committee on Ways and Means to adjust by an initial amount of P2.50 the tobacco tax rate.

    He said it was not sufficient to attain the measure’s goal of minimizing to the fullest cigarette smoking and other tobacco use.

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  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Govt urged to lift ban on e-cigarettes
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    A NETWORK OF e-cigarette users and importers have suggested that lifting the ban on smoke-free products and issuing appropriate regulations would be a more-effective measure to discourage people from smoking rather than selling cigarettes in plain packages. The Public Health Ministry is in the process of announcing a new regulation requiring cigarettes to be sold only in plain packages, with 10 new pictures and warning messages designed by the ministry. [...]

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  • Friday, November 09, 2018
  • Tourists warned of e-cigarette fines
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    The Excise Department has warned visitors to Thailand about the fines for bringing electronic cigarettes and related substances or equipment into the country for personal use or sale. Department director-general Patchara Anuntasilpa said on Thursday the Commerce Ministry had enforced a ban on e-cigarettes due to health concerns raised by the Public Health Ministry.

    Anyone possessing for personal use "cigalikes", which look like conventional cigarettes and can be used for a number of times, will be fined 6,800 baht per carton [...]

     

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  • Thursday, November 01, 2018
  • Thailand Mulls Becoming the First Country in Asia to Legalize Medical Marijuana
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    Thailand is hoping to become the first country in Asia to legalize medical marijuana and tap into the burgeoning cannabis market, Agence France-Presse reports.

    According to a Thai official, a draft bill now under consideration proposes allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes, a considerable change in a country with tough drug trafficking laws.

    Jet Sirathraanon, the pubic health committee chair of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, emphasized that marijuana would be legal “for medication only, not for recreation.” [...]

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Call to overturn ban on e-cigarettes in Thailand
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    While electronic cigarettes are banned in Thailand, debate continues about whether to legalize them so the government can regulate a market that has now gone underground. The Ends Cigarette Smoke Thailand group, or ECST, has filed a request to the director of Law and Litigation Department in the Office of the Ombudsman Thailand, asking for the ban on e-cigarettes to be reconsidered.

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  • Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Smoking ban at public beaches in Thailand aims to protect visitors' health
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    Thailand's ban on cigarette smoking at all public beaches is not only meant to reduce waste but also protect visitors' health, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

    Department of Marine and Coastal Resources Director General Jatuporn Burutphat confirmed that the smoking ban at the public beaches will certainly deter the littering of wasteful cigarette butts and keep beachgoers from inhaling cigarette smoke.

    Besides, the department chief said, cigarette butts contain nicotine and arsenic, [...]

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