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Chaiwut mulls legalising e-cigarettes amid fierce opposition

Chaiwut mulls legalising e-cigarettes amid fierce opposition

BANGKOK: Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said yesterday (Oct 5) he is exploring ways to legalise the sale of e-cigarettes despite strong opposition from health activists and anti-smoking campaigners.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 09:17AM


Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said yesterday (Oct 5) he is exploring ways to legalise the sale of e-cigarettes. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said yesterday (Oct 5) he is exploring ways to legalise the sale of e-cigarettes. Photo: Bangkok Post.

At least 67 countries have approved e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to smoking while Thailand still refuses to accept them, he said.

The minister said he believed vaping could be a safer choice for those struggling to quit smoking, adding there were at least 10 million smokers in the country, reports the Bangkok Post.

More importantly, if it is possible to turn tobacco grown in Thailand into e-cigarette products and export them, both the Tobacco Authority of Thailand and tobacco growers will benefit from this, he said.

Meanwhile, the National Alliance for a Tobacco-Free Thailand (NATFT), meanwhile, issued a statement calling on the government to increase efforts to protect the public from all forms of tobacco products.

“Various elements of society, both government and non-government, have been working hard to reduce the number of smokers, so legalising e-cigarettes will only exacerbate the situation,” NATFT chairwoman Dr Somsri Pausawasdi said.

Many thousands of people in Thailand die from smoking-related illnesses each year, she said.

All 924 organisations that are members of the NATFT support the government’s ban on e-cigarettes and all other new forms of smoking and are willing to work together with the government to draft new regulations regulating these products, she added.

Medical experts in the NATFT and elsewhere have been closely monitoring studies conducted into e-cigarettes worldwide and are convinced based upon the results that vaping could do more harm than good, said Prof Dr Ronnachai Kongsakon, director of Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Center (TRC).

E-cigarettes are not safer choices for people who want to quit smoking while knowledge about their long-term effects on health remains limited for now, he said.

The International Union against tuberculosis and lung disease, for instance, has recommended that the best way for low- to medium-income nations to deal with health problems associated with e-cigarettes is to prohibit them, he said.

It took the US Food and Drug Administration up to five years to successfully regulate e-cigarettes in the United States, due to technical complications, he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 07 October 2021 - 16:27:19

@ Kurt !   Insinuating ? Untruth ? Kurt, my writing is just the logic conclusion to your statement that "smart" countries ban vaping. In Europe most countries don't ban it !!!! Therefore they are not smart according to you. Is this really that hard to understand ?

Kamala Pete | 07 October 2021 - 11:29:08

"Insinuating Sour Horses" ????  LOL. What a wonderful new phrase to introduce into the English language. Very Shakespearean - NOT

Kurt | 07 October 2021 - 08:49:39

Are there reliable figures available about of what people die more of in Thailand? Smoking, road accidents or Covid-19? Here is the solution: Forbid alcohol completely in Thailand! All problems solved. It probably fits in Officialdom thinking. Hahaha.

Kurt | 07 October 2021 - 00:42:21

DeKaasKopp can't hold his insinuating sour horses any longer. Derailing,  his writing  is untruth. I did not write about European countries. He just fantasize that for.., yes, for what? Well,..

DeKaaskopp | 06 October 2021 - 19:45:00

@Kurt   "In many smart countries already forbidden". Thank you Kurt!! Finally we know now according to you that most countries in Europe are not smart.Probably same your home country!

Kurt | 06 October 2021 - 10:24:21

Digital Economy and Society Minister initiate on health matters?  Is this not a issue what should be in hands of Health Ministry? It is well known that E-smoking is bad. In many smart countries already forbidden. Smoking costs in Thailand more lives than Covid-19. Follow the money trail/bank accounts of DES Minister Chaiwut. Any investigating journalist in BKK who dares?

 

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