Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vaping Ban in Thailand

By now most people have heard of the ban on vaping in Thailand, but what is it really about?  The law in place is about importing/exporting goods into Thailand that have not been taxed, from what information I've been able to get.  This law has been in place since 2014, so it's nothing new. According to the Phuket Gazette it could put you in a Thai Prison for 10 years.  Travel Weekly had a post citing where her nephew was fined. "I got a message from my sister saying James had been arrested in Thailand because he had an e-cigarette. He managed to pay the policeman, who had told him he could go to jail." The fine was $150.  Via this same article in Travel Weekly, this was said:  "A spokesman for the Tourism Authority of Thailand reiterated the UK government’s advice, warning tourists not to bring e-cigarettes into the country."

With all that being said, if you head over to Trip Advisor, there are several people who've recently traveled to Thailand and have had no issues with vaping, and comment that people are vaping in the street.  Travel agents are being asked to warn their clients about this vaping ban, which should be taken seriously.  I've researched for hours to find information to support or deny these claims, and what I've discovered is that it is illegal. As with traveling to any location, following the laws of the land seems like the smarter decision.  From every article I've read, it seems to be up to the police officer in charge if they enforce that law.

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