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Ban on e-cigarettes to remain

BANGKOK: The government has affirmed its stance against vaping, saying e-cigarettes are affecting the health of vapers of whom more than half are considered youths.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 30 August 2022, 08:49AM

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stressed the need to continue banning e-cigarette imports to protect youths from vaping health risks when he spoke at a national conference on cigarettes and public health held in Bangkok yesterday (Aug 29), reports the Bangkok Post.

A survey conducted by the National Statistical Office of Thailand last year found more than half of the about 80,000 e-cigarette smokers in Thailand were people aged 15 to 24.

“This clearly showed vaping has created new smokers, especially young people, while a growing number of international studies found smoking e-cigarettes has negative effects on young people’s brains,” said Anutin.

Learning from the experiences of other countries in dealing with vaping problems, he said Thailand has found there currently is no other option more effective in controlling vaping than banning the import of e-cigarettes.

Crackdowns on e-cigarettes smuggled into the country will also continue to limit access to the products on the black market, he said.

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Citing 6,971 international studies published between 2014 and 2021, Asst Prof Dr Vijj Kasemsap, director of Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre(TRC), said vaping is associated with various diseases, namely respiratory, heart and blood vessel, oral and dental, brain, liver and skin diseases.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already warned that nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to all systems in the human body as it causes blood vessels to contract and consequently obstructs blood flow, Dr Vijj said, noting there are also several other toxic chemical compounds found in e-cigarettes, he said.

Vaping is associated with 1.8 times higher risk of ischemic heart disease, a 49% higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a 39% higher risk of asthma, he said, citing the American Heart Association.

Exposure to vapour containing nicotine, directly or indirectly, affects the brain of unborn babies and is associated with a number of health problems including some irregularities with their nervous system, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and low birth weight.

“Vaping during this period of life decreases brain development by three to four times the normal development rate,” Dr Vijj said.

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Kurt | 04 September 2022 - 10:17:17

@Pooliekev. If you want to read something about the Thai LAWS,  read in BP the article: "More than Maid Abuse". Perhaps that will be a eyeopener. How Thai high level Officialdom day in day out abuse the laws. So, what to expect from 'the man in the street' more than shoulder shrugging when talking about the law.

Kurt | 02 September 2022 - 17:20:55

@Pooliekev, very well. Penalties in place. Sure, on paper, but don't be credulous. No Thai understands/give a thought  what 'law breaking' means when there is money to make. We can experience that every day around us. Just shoulder shrugging. Law enforcement is all over absent, it is part of the money making business. Illegal business? More side money flows to certain high circles.

Pooliekev | 02 September 2022 - 14:49:26

@Kurt. I've done plenty of 'reality-check' thanks. There are penalties in place which make it disadvantageous to break the law, despite your unwarranted contempt. 

Kurt | 01 September 2022 - 10:43:00

@Pooliekev. The expression "the law is the law" has no meaning in land of rubber laws. Do some Reality-Check! A ban makes the wanted produkt more expensive on the market. Who gain and profit here? That are the producers and sellers. And who are that? Just establish a 'fair' contribution to those who suppose to  enforce the law to look the other way, and the money flows in at high...

Pooliekev | 31 August 2022 - 17:49:46

@Kurt. No, no. A ban makes e-cigs ILLEGAL. I.E. Against the law. Arrestable. However you want to put it.

Kurt | 31 August 2022 - 08:05:48

Thai political- and business Hi-So's lick their lips, with the enormous profits they can make out of canabis/e-cigarettes/alcohol sales. But making laws in such a way that they can enrich themselve even more with 'canabis control' is not easy.
The e-cigarettes ban is just a cosmetic show. A 'ban'makes them more expensive. More money to make. It is alllll just about money-money...

Wiesel | 30 August 2022 - 16:04:00

It's really ridiculous how the same people get upset about other people's problems over and over again

Capricornball | 30 August 2022 - 14:18:39

And also kind of hypocritical by Khun Anutin to care about e-cigs, but then promote weed like its the savior to the Thai economy and no problem for public consumption. Constant unprofessional governance by corrupt people looking out for themselves and their cronies business interests. Again, Thais deserve better.

Capricornball | 30 August 2022 - 14:14:50

@JohnC, of course the kids don't care, nor do adults, or anyone else. That is what happens when they all grow up with an impotent corrupt police force, no respect from anyone, and deservedly so. They can ban everything and pass rules and crackdowns, but none of it matters when it all relies on competent police to enforce it.

Kurt | 30 August 2022 - 13:01:06

To ban e-cigarettes is 1. To enforce the ban is 2. As JohnC wrote, people shrug of shoulders. Who cares about bans and 'orders' here? Not the young generations ( the future of Thailand). Good example is the bad POT handling. A chaos. Dr Vijj not need to worry about negative Thai brain development. That starts already regimental in many thai schools.

Ash Ward | 30 August 2022 - 11:37:59

JohnC, you are correct. So many locals   suck on E-cigarettes. I too have asked them, but they just don't care!  It's very much a trend with the young ones.

Fascinated | 30 August 2022 - 11:00:20

Yet the government run tobacco monopoly is fine is it? funny, that. 

JohnC | 30 August 2022 - 10:04:06

Clearly the ban is not working. Almost every day I see people (mostly young locals) sucking on e-cigarettes like there is no tomorrow. When I have asked some of them about the ban all I got was a shrug of the shoulders and the usual Thai answer- mai pen rai krup! TIT!


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