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Thailand Bans The Import And Sale Of Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

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E-cigarettes banned

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The Ministry of Public Health bans the import and sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in Thailand. It warns the cigarettes contained more nicotine than normal ones.

According to Deputy Public Health Minister Phansiri Kullanartsiri, smoking one e-cigarette is be equivalent to smoking 15 normal cigarettes.

The 1992 Tobacco Products Control Act, 1967 Drug Act and 1926 Customs Act will be used to control e-cigarettes in the Kingdom. Violators will be subject to both fine and imprisonment.

The deputy minister regarded e-cigarettes as a new threat to health although they imitated scents such as chocolate and fruits. She warned that smoking them without the supervision of doctors could harm the heart and blood vessel.

E-cigarettes are now very popular among teenagers in the northern province of Chiang Rai. They can be purchased online at 2,500 THB each. Advertisements claim that they can help quit smoking.

E-cigarettes are forbidden in many countries such as the Victoria state of Austrialia, Brazil, Israel, Jordan and Turkey. There has been no research proving the cigarettes can help quit smoking.

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"Thailand bans online sale of cigarettes" would have been a slightly less misleading tile.

E-cigarettes... what?

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If you can not see it you can not tax it. Thats why they are banned.

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"Thailand bans online sale of cigarettes" would have been a slightly less misleading tile.

E-cigarettes... what?

Erm. No you are confused.

E-cigarettes are electronic burners, not cigarettes in the traditional form.

In any case the evidence they cite is rubbish. Seems more like a move aimed to protect sales of "real" cigarettes for domestic conglomerates.

Addiction to Nicotine is not the problem that cigarettes pose. It's the damage that the literally thousands of chemicals in the tobacco that are there to ensure the dam_n things burn that do the harm.

If Nicotine was the problem then surely Nicotine patches should be banned too? They also supply a higher than average dose of Nicotine and are proven to help addicts kick smoking! Nice work "Mr. Deputy Health Minister". Duh!

There is another mistake being made here. While it's true that an e-cigarette may contain the same amount of nicotine as 15 cigarettes (or 20 or 25 or whatever), no one consumes an entire e-cigarette in a single sitting. A single cartridge equates to a pack of cigarettes, more or less. A cartridge equal to 15 cigarettes is generally expected to last as long as 15 cigarettes. That might be a half day for a pack and a half per day smoker, or a whole day for someone who smokes 3/4 pack per day, or even longer, depending on circumstances.

e-Cigarettes are arguably "better" for the smoker as well. That is, while they may contain varying amounts of nicotine, they do not contain the tars and such that clog up the lungs.

I'd say they shouldn't be banned, but of course, that opinion wouldn't matter for much.

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You are completely correct.

They just helped me go from 40 cigs a day to about 5................

Painlessly.

You aren't quitting, you are replacing.

totster :)

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You are completely correct.

They just helped me go from 40 cigs a day to about 5................

Painlessly.

You aren't quitting, you are replacing.

totster :)

Sure, correct, but without ingesting all the other crap in cigarettes that does the damage............

ph

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She warned that smoking them without the supervision of doctors could harm the heart and blood vessel.........................

You need a doctor to watch you and then its ok.....

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"Quite agree, the evidence cited is total rubbish and typical of the fools that run this country"

Just about sums it up.

Remember the IT minister who did not know how to use a computer.

T.I.T Totally Incompetent Thailand

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"You aren't quitting, you are replacing."

Replacing is correct. I read a report on nicotine gum users over a period of many years. They found nothing in the addicting stuff that is that harmful. All the crap in cigarettes, on the other hand, is very harmful - so the banning of these e-cigarettes is a bad thing. Once you get over the psychological craving of sucking on the cigs - like when drinking a beer - and successfully reduce the problem down to pure nicotine intake (like the gum), it is possible to wean yourself easier. In any event, anything to curb normal cigarette use is a very good idea.

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"You aren't quitting, you are replacing."

Replacing is correct. I read a report on nicotine gum users over a period of many years. They found nothing in the addicting stuff that is that harmful. All the crap in cigarettes, on the other hand, is very harmful - so the banning of these e-cigarettes is a bad thing. Once you get over the psychological craving of sucking on the cigs - like when drinking a beer - and successfully reduce the problem down to pure nicotine intake (like the gum), it is possible to wean yourself easier. In any event, anything to curb normal cigarette use is a very good idea.

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Oh dear oh dear.

So consuming a whole "package" of something could hurt you. And this comes from the health ministry.

So when are they going to mandate childproof caps on paracetamol? Oh and come to think, anyone for a LITRE of whiskey? Why dont' they sell it in measured shots? Or cartons of cigarettes? How about dispensing them in daily allowed packs? Or Zyban for that matter. Sold in packs of 100's for consumption 2 per day.

I hope that the importer appeals and sues their ass for writing the dumbest of dumb laws.

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