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Tax on tobacco - huge.

 

Tax on vaping - miniscule.

 

Not hard to work out.

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Probably bought from Doha duty free. Cigs are sold by the airline on the plane as well. Hypocrites.

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On 1/15/2020 at 8:37 PM, androokery said:

I don't think it matters if the rules are stupid. In a high risk environment, such as on an airplane in flight, you just obey the rules. You don't question them. You can argue on the ground all you want, but up in the air you just (happily) follow the rules. And if you don't you should be banned from flying. It would have been interesting in this case with a French dude having to arrange travel home from Thailand without flying. 

Well the international aviation rules banning smoking affect, as far as I'm aware, ALL airlines globally, with the last airlines to ban smoking about 20 years ago, but most having done so around 1993-95 or thereabouts. As far as I can recall, THAI Airways also banned smoking on board around that time; might have been in 95 or 97.

 

This means this chap, who is of middle eastern origin (I point this out because for whatever reason, people from that region still love smoking, especially men) should have been aware of this rule like everyone else and prepared himself for it.

 

Getting back to France by way of land from Thailand isn't that difficult. Thailand and France are on the same land mass. He could catch a combination of buses, trains and long-distance taxis through multiple countries to get back. Via Laos, China, Russia and then the EU, or Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Not that complicated - especially for a French passport holder.

 

Now if he were from the USA or Australia - that might have been a challenge.

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On 1/14/2020 at 8:54 PM, observer90210 said:

No big deal...on ground,  on a Thai beach, a tourist can get a one year jail sentence with a 100'000 THB fine

No big deal, no one has ever been fined that (maximum) amount or jailed.

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On 1/14/2020 at 12:27 PM, ThreeEyedRaven said:

I note from the full story that he was spoken to by the captain, fined and released. I wonder how much the fine was? 

Reckon at lest 100 baht.

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A rather unusual name he had for a Frenchman.

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On 1/14/2020 at 2:04 PM, fasteddie said:

It's vapour and it dissipates immediately.

Vapour: yes.

Dissipate: no. (Why would it?)

 

I find vaping much worse than smoking as "the new addicts" often do it continuously ... no idea to where I should move not to get hit.

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On 1/14/2020 at 10:59 PM, ukrules said:

Why all the hysteria, the air you breathe on an airliner is filtered way more than most air that you breathe isn't it?

The air that comes fresh in from the outside is filtered. The air from the inside hardly can be.

The smoke triggers smoke alarms. As long as there is smoke, the alarms are on. A new *real fire* won't be noticed. Further more there is danger that some smoke sensors get dirty from tobacco smoke. Worst case they have to be replaced.

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On 1/15/2020 at 12:04 AM, fasteddie said:

It's vapour and it dissipates immediately.

Vapour can still be inhaled into lungs, and the chemicals in the vapour are an unknown quantity in many instances.

 

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On 1/23/2020 at 7:53 AM, Just Weird said:

No big deal, no one has ever been fined that (maximum) amount or jailed.

No big deal if it has ever or never happened....the deal is that it can happen as it is drafted in the law. Thank you.

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Some planes, (Egypt Air I'm looking at you) still have ashtrays built in to the arm rests. Possibly gives some people the wrong idea. Going off on a tangent, in some old local pubs in London you can still find ashtrays in the toilets at the perfect height for when you are taking a dump. Always makes me laugh but must have seemed so normal back then.

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7 hours ago, SteveK said:

Some planes, (Egypt Air I'm looking at you) still have ashtrays built in to the arm rests.

Weird, are the planes built in the 70's ?

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