Experts say Thailand will legalize e-cigarettes in May
According to ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST), Thailand currently prohibits the use of e-cigarettes, but is discussing the end of the ban.
Thailand is reportedly set to legalize e-cigarettes by 2023 after a ban has been in place for years. The regulation of safer nicotine products will encourage more smokers to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes and reduce smoking-related deaths and diseases in the country. The approval awaits the Thai parliament’s approval. Safer nicotine products are regulated in nearly 70 countries, leading to a sharp decline in overall smoking rates. E-cigarette enthusiasts in Thailand are optimistic about the prospects of legalizing e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes, also known as electronic cigarettes, have been a topic of debate around the world for some time now. Thailand has been among the countries that have banned the use of e-cigarettes, but that may change soon. Experts believe that the country is gearing up to legalize e-cigarettes in May, 2023.
The ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST) reports that the country is currently in discussions about ending the ban on e-cigarettes. Asa Saligupta, the director of ECST, said that e-cigarette legislation is waiting for approval by the Thai parliament.
The e-cigarette ban in Thailand has been a contentious issue for years, with anti-e-cigarette activists leading the charge against the products. However, according to Saligupta, most politicians and the public in Thailand support lifting the ban.
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Safer Nicotine Products to Be Regulated
Saligupta believes that the regulation of safer nicotine products will provide better protection for consumers and encourage more smokers to quit their deadly habits. The regulation will also ensure that the age of purchase of e-cigarettes for teenagers is better controlled.
According to ECST, smoking causes about 50,000 deaths in Thailand each year. Saligupta believes that lifting the ban on e-cigarettes could significantly reduce smoking-related diseases and premature deaths in the country.
Regulation of E-Cigarettes in Other Countries
Nearly 70 countries/regions around the world have adopted regulatory frameworks for safer nicotine products. The implementation of these frameworks has led to a sharp decline in overall smoking rates in these countries. Experts believe that Thailand could experience similar benefits if they legalize e-cigarettes.
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The debate around e-cigarettes in Thailand has been ongoing for years, and it seems that the country is now ready to end the ban. Experts believe that the legalization of e-cigarettes could significantly reduce smoking-related deaths and diseases. The regulation of these products will provide better protection for consumers and encourage more smokers to quit smoking deadly cigarettes. It remains to be seen how the situation will unfold in May, but the prospects look promising for e-cigarette enthusiasts in Thailand.