The use of e-cigarettes and Vapes in Thailand
Previously, it has been criticised as another hot topic the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes in Thailand, which is still confusing many Thai people since the Justice Minister, General Paiboon Kumchaya, announced plans to remove “Amphetamine” from the legal drugs list in the future.
Amphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant that is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and obesity. The abuse of amphetamine may create some of the most serious effects too. Currently, it is only used in the medical profession in Thailand.
The abuse of amphetamine may create some of the most serious effects too. Currently, it is only used in the medical profession in Thailand.
Did you know that Baraku, e-baraku, e- cigarette are untaxed goods in Thailand but they are prohibited for import, possess and to sell in the Kingdom.
Any breach will result in a term of imprisonment up to 10 years, a fine of 5 times the price of the goods or both fine and the confiscation of goods, according to the Ministry of Commerce B.E. 2557 (2014) effective 27 December 2014.
However, the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (Thailand) also announced to not sell or use Baraku, e-baraku, e-cigarette, liquid of baraku and liquid of e-cigarette effective 19 February 2015, which means it is prohibited to sell, rent, hire-purchase, possess, promote and/or give the goods for free.
Any breach will result in a term of imprisonment up to 5 years, a fine of 500,000 baht or both imprisonment and fine. If anyone is found to be producing for sale/import in the Kingdom the imprisonment is up to 10 years, a fine of 1,000,000 baht or both imprisonment and fine.
Even though there are no laws prohibiting the use of e-cigarette in Thailand, e-cigarettes are untaxed goods. Therefore if anyone is found to possess these untaxed goods in the Kingdom, the imprisonment is up to 5 years, a fine of 4 times the price of the goods or both imprisonment and fine according to the Custom Act B.E. 2469 (1926).
However, you may find some people try to sell e-cigarettes to you on the street but you do still need to be aware that it is still prohibited to use it in Thailand.
On November 1, 2016, the Excise Department may request the government to allow for legal import of e-cigarettes and baraku.
This is possible because the current tobacco law does not define products that are made with the intention to replace tobacco products such as e-cigarettes which are used for vaping and baraku known as shisha. Director-general of the Excise department, Somchai Poolsavasdi said that if the changes are executed, the products will be taxed accordingly.
Under the existing tobacco law, only products made of tobacco leaves can be imported. As such, import of baraku and e-cigarettes are illegal and are brought into the country via smuggling. There are strict laws regarding the selling or possession of narcotics and drugs in Thailand.
Therefore the Vape is cool but still controversial in Thailand.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars are known collectively as ENDS – electronic nicotine delivery systems. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), e-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.
Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are generally battery-operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol.