If you’re thinking of smoking in Thailand, don’t!
Thailand is home to one of the world’s most aggressive anti-smoking campaigns. Tobacco products sold in the country feature sometimes- shocking photographs of lungs and mouths that have become severely diseased as a result of using tobacco.
Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) says it expects to suffer its first loss in history, 5 billion baht, this year because of the government’s recent excise tax increase which became effective on September 16 last year. The new excise tax raised retail prices of local cigarettes by 3-20 baht per pack.
No e-Cigarettes Please!
If you’re coming to Thailand, leave your e-cigarettes at home. An elderly Israeli couple was detained and fined last week and threatened with arrest for possession of e-cigarettes and the Foreign Ministry issued a travel alert reminding people visitors that vaping and the possession of e-cigarettes are illega: “The Foreign Ministry recommends that you refrain from entering Thailand with electronic cigarettes. A person found to be breaking the law may be fined, tried, and imprisoned”. The ban was “introduced for health reasons because electronic cigarettes were luring young people into smoking.”