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Anutin: goverment ‘will not legalise’ e-cigarettes

Anutin: goverment ‘will not legalise’ e-cigarettes

BANGKOK: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul insists the Public Health Ministry will not support legalising electronic cigarettes in the country.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 26 April 2022, 09:11AM


A staffer puts e-cigarettes, their chemical flavourings and other related materials on display before a press briefing by the Consumer Protection Police Division on Jan 27, 2021. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

A staffer puts e-cigarettes, their chemical flavourings and other related materials on display before a press briefing by the Consumer Protection Police Division on Jan 27, 2021. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

He made his remark yesterday (Apr 25) during a meeting with board members of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) to discuss tobacco control.

Anutin, in his capacity as chairman of the ThaiHealth board, said he has noticed e-cigarettes trending among teenagers and some of them are aiming to have sales legalised, reports the Bangkok Post.

“The ministry will not support the legalisation of e-cigarettes,” he said.

To help boost e-cigarette control, Anutin said he has assigned a tobacco control panel under the Department of Disease Control (DDC) to review current regulations to determine whether they should be revised or new rules should be issued.

However, current laws can still suppress the e-cigarette grade, he said.

“The DDC has also been instructed to coordinate with police to come up with a solution in preventing e-cigarettes from becoming more popular in the future,” he said.

Dr Surachet Satitniramai, second deputy chairman of ThaiHealth, said that currently, many business operators are attempting to legalise the import of e-cigarettes to the country, which is a topic of concern among members of the committee.

“E-cigarettes will have a widespread effect on tobacco farmers in the country,” he said. “As the materials of e-cigarettes don’t consist of tobacco but chemical, farmers will suffer income loss.

“It also affects [public] health and the government’s plan in steering the economy for agricultural groups,” he added.

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Nicotine-based e-cigarettes come in a wide array of flavours. Many of them deliver amped-up forms of nicotine beyond what traditional cigarettes contain.

Unfortunately, the popularity of these products has outpaced regulations and oversight, which leaves most of their ingredients a mystery.

E-cigarettes are still relatively new, so facts about the short and long-term health effects of inhaling the chemicals they contain are just beginning to emerge.

According to researchers at New York University, the use of e-cigarettes doubled the risk of erectile dysfunction in men aged 20 and older.

However, the effects of cigarette smoking are well-established.

Smoking is the leading risk factor for early death and disability in the country, and almost 50,000 Thais die due to tobacco use each year - far greater than the mortality rate from COVID-19.

Worldwide, about half of smokers die of a smoking-related disease.

According to the UK’s Royal College of Physicians, e-cigarette use is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. “The hazard to health arising from long-term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco,” it said in a report.

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solar_serfer | 26 April 2022 - 19:09:35

too bad there'e big money to be made on cig. taxes, not to be missed for a mere 95% improvement. no.never.

BigaAResort | 26 April 2022 - 14:27:05

parents,show your kids how it is done !trow away the smoke and be the knight in shining armor for one time in your miserable life horst

christysweet | 26 April 2022 - 13:01:14

Nicotine is a perfect drug, It get you high when you're  low, and calms you when you're agitated. Too bad smoking it is so harmful and vaping even more so.  

christysweet | 26 April 2022 - 12:53:07

Folks who died of 'underlying conditions' would  not have done so had they not had Covid. It's like claiming car crashes don't kill  people, inertia does.

Fascinated | 26 April 2022 - 12:28:17

Of course he won't as long as the tobacco industry in thailand remains in Government hands. We can't have a level playing field of choice can we! When the price of cigarettes went up a couple of years ago they actually introduced cheaper brands so the population would continue to puff away (non-smoker btw)

Kurt | 26 April 2022 - 11:22:52

Medical sciencists proved already that e-cigarettes are more health threatening than 'normal' cigarettes. In some real democratic countries is sales of e-cigarette already forbidden. Guess in Thailand it will be a financial-, not a medical balancing to sett a yes/no policy.

Kurt | 26 April 2022 - 11:16:07

Almost 50.000 Thai people die yearly of smoking in Thailand, far more than Covid-19 mortality rate ( which is a fake rate due to many times 'underlaying' diseases of which people really die of). DR Prasit in BP: Can NOT declare Covid as endemice. And TCT says: Scrap the Thailand Pass now if you want tourists coming to Thailand. So, what are 'we' going to do now? Answer, just talk, ...

JohnC | 26 April 2022 - 09:27:36

So normal cigarettes and tobacco, especially the harsh foul Thai tobacco (ya sen), are staying legal eventhough every year they kill thousands more than e-cigarette do. Hypocrites the lot of 'em.

Apirath | 26 April 2022 - 09:26:04

The other day I read New Zealand now has a law that makes it illegal for anyone born after 2008 to smoke. We should follow that

 

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