Thailand wants to legalize e-cigarettes

Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) plans to review and promote the legalization of e-cigarettes in the country, DES minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn told the press this week.  

According to Chaiwut, e-cigarettes are legal in 67 countries around the world and referred to studies showing that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes, so he wants to promote legalization in Thailand.

He added that he believed e-cigarettes could reduce smokers’ health risks if they were legalized.

At a press conference early this week, he said: “Some people just can’t quit smoking. Despite several no-smoking campaigns, the number of smokers in Thailand has risen to 10 million. That is why I would first like to study the legal situation (Editor’s note: on the possibility of legalizing e-cigarettes)”

“It depends on how eager we are to adapt to the new things happening in the world. If Thailand does not adapt, there will be consequences and damage to the country in the future,” he added. Chaiwut did not give a timetable for the legalization of e-cigarettes in Thailand.

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