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Travelling to Thailand? Be Warned!

Be warned people, recent arrests have again shown that Thailand is deadly serious about its ban on vaping products. Currently, the Southeast Asian country prohibits sales and importation of e-cigarettes and e-liquid. Now it is apparently enforcing restrictions on possession too.

This is not suprising, when you consider that The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly is a government-owned tobacco manufacturer that makes 19 cigarette brands. The income to Thailand’s coffers from the government-run enterprise is considerable — it had more than $1.5 billion in sales in 2009 — and it is protected zealously.

The British government website that advised travelers to Thailand to leave their vapes at home when traveling to the “land of smiles.” The U.K. foreign travel website doesn’t mince words when explaining the risk.

"You can’t bring vaporisers … or refills into Thailand" says the site. "These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The sale or supply of e-cigarettes and similar devices is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty. Several British Nationals have been arrested for possession of vaporisers and e-cigarettes."

Vape safe guys and gals!


Sources:
Mcdonald, J (2017, December 14). Vapers: Stay Away From Thailand. Vaping360. Retrieved from http://vaping360.com/vape-news/60188/thailand-vaping-crackdown/
Foreign travel advice, Thailand. Government Digital Service. Retrieved from https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/local-laws-and-customs