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July 11, 2017

Thailand: 4 Men Face Prison for Selling Vapes

Police raided a condominium last week in Hat Yai, Thailand, and arrested four men for selling banned vaping products. Two of the men were Thai, and two were Malaysian.

The police also seized about $29,000 worth of vaping gear and e-liquid. They were responding to an anonymous tip, according to a Bangkok Post story.

The Post story said that the seized products were “three e-cigarettes, 3,201 bottles of e-cigarette solution and 122 atomizers.” The police claim that the products were smuggled into the country, and sold to customers who placed orders through Facebook.

Now four men sit in prison for the crime of offering smokers a safer choice.

The four men who were arrested ranged in age from 21 to 26. They were charged with “illegally selling electronic cigarettes and liquid.” Sales, import and export of e-cigarettes are illegal in Thailand. According to Tobacco Asia, violators can get up to a 10-year prison sentence, and a fine equal to five times the value of the confiscated products.

Last fall, the Post reported that the government was considering a change to the law, and possibly allowing e-cigs to be sold. But apparently that initiative hasn’t gone anywhere. Now four men sit in prison for the crime of offering smokers a safer choice.

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We were planning a trip to Thailand next year. Sadly, with this information we’ll be forced to chose another destination. It boggles the mind how much resistance is mounted against products that are shown to greatly mitigate the very real risks associated with smoking.

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It’s nothing to do with that, vaping equipment is not taxed. Buying and selling is seen as tax evasion. Do some balanced research (ie not opionated hearsay on other forums) regarding visitors taking their own equipment into the country.

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If it helps, I went to Thailand in April, fearing the worst I left my vaping gear at home. I’d read about illegal sales of vaping gear near Nana BTS in Bangkok. I just happened to meet a Kiwi at the stall who had brought his own stuff in without hassle and was after some juice. I was in need of a vape! I bought a couple of units and 3 x10 bottles of liquid from the stall by Nana station. I took two internal flights, between travelling to Koh Phanang and back, and the return flight home. I had… Read more »

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Phil there was a piece on the news in bangkok two nights ago were the prime minister said vaping is illegal in thailand ,after this last episode with the swiss guy a few days ago i will leave my gear at home i dont want to spend 5 years in a thai prison or get deported for x ammount of years

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I have to say though I can’t find anything on the Interent about the Thai Prime Minister’s statement, news in and out of Thailand is sparse, also the FB post doesn’t state what, or how much gear the Swiss guy took in, or whether he was vaping discretely or blowing big ass clouds (as they say). I’ll ask my missus over there to find out, maybe even write to the Thai embassy in the UK and post a reply, if I get one.

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Hi Chris, surprising considering I took my gear through three airports in Thailand in my hand luggage, and placed them in a tray full view with coins and electronic items etc., none of the officials batted an eyelid. As we all know the laws on vaping in Thailand to date have not been crystal clear, unfortunately some of what I’ve read on vaping forums is inconsistent and in some cases sensationalised. I’m heading back in three weeks and currently considering the options. The Thais a proud nation and I don’t think signing a petition will change their minds. But thanks… Read more »

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‘four men sit in prison for the crime of offering smokers a safer choice.’

Do you write for the daily mail

Its against the law there, simple as that

Brian Coe
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But Thailand are quite happy to sell IQOS and PMI will be happy with this news story no doubt.

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