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Thai ban on e-cigarettes could lead to ’10-year jail term’

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Thai ban on e-cigarettes could lead to ’10-year jail term’

by Ben Ireland 

 

Agents are being urged to warn customers about a Thai law that prohibits e-cigarettes being brought into the country.

 

Pat Waterton, manager at Langley Travel, said she was unaware of the ban until her nephew, James, paid a £125 ‘fine’ after being threatened with jail for having an e-cig in Bangkok.

 

Advice on the Foreign Office website includes a paragraph stating: “These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.”

 

Waterton said: “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. Ten years seems a long time to go to prison for smoking an e-cigarette.”

 

Full story: http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/285414/thai-ban-on-e-cigarettes-could-lead-to-10-year-jail-term

 

-- Travel Weekly 2017-08-14

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Utterly ludicrous. The developed world is encouraging their use and Thailand, showing how far from being developed it is, is now nailing tourists as they arrive for having one, which pretty clearly is for personal use, threatening crazy prison sentences and demanding "fines." You can now cross another substantial group of people off the list of prospective visitors. Well done Thailand, first place in the "shooting ones self in the foot" awards.

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3 minutes ago, edwinchester said:

I wonder if the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly has any interest in a ban on e cigarettes?

Probably not.  Hell professionals say that e-cigarettes are less addictive.  Those who wish to quite smoking give them a try and then try to kick the habit altogether. 

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How about these fools concentrate on the continued saga with "Boss" and he eluding justice over the killing of a BiB. Manpower wasted on trivialities where it should be used on REAL crime. September is getting closer!

 

10 years for e-cigerettes = gimme a break! Boss wont get anywhere near that if the system ever gets it's act together.

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Can anyone prove a logical explanation as to WHY e-cigarettes are banned in LOS?  Other than the fact the tobacco companies are dead against them for cutting into their profits? 

 

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jet another example for this jurisdiction being completely out of reality

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1 hour ago, darksidedog said:

Utterly ludicrous. The developed world is encouraging their use and Thailand, showing how far from being developed it is, is now nailing tourists as they arrive for having one, which pretty clearly is for personal use, threatening crazy prison sentences and demanding "fines." You can now cross another substantial group of people off the list of prospective visitors. Well done Thailand, first place in the "shooting ones self in the foot" awards.

"Developed world....." ?

 

How so?

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How many Thais smoke e-cigarettes? This law and it's 10 yr sentence is geared at the falangs they so love.

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10 years for a joint they cant tax and 5 years for rape. Welcome to Thailand 4.0. Progress.... 

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13 hours ago, inThailand said:

How many Thais smoke e-cigarettes? This law and it's 10 yr sentence is geared at the falangs they so love.

I see them quite regularly, just smoking that thing in public on the street in BKK.

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Hmmm ten years for e cigarette smokers and how many years for normal cigarette smokers?

Cigarettes are legal.

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