Bangkok, 22 September, 2017 – While electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are used around the
worldas a way of helping people quit smoking, travellers coming to Thailand should be aware that these
devices are in fact illegal in the kingdom.
Anyone found breaking this law by using an electronic cigarette – or vaping – in Thailand
could be arrested and face jail time, or a fine several times the value of the illegal item(s). This applies
both to foreigners and Thais.There have been recent incidents of foreign travellers who were unaware
of the ban facing an on-the-spot fine or being arrested. Many may ask why a device designed to aid
people in quitting the habit is being banned. A government spokesman said the ban was introduced for
health reasons and that it was originally suggested because electronic cigarettes were luring young people
into smoking.That ban has been in place since 2014.
Thus, travellers coming to Thailand are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes with
them, norany item or equipment associated with e-cigarettes; such as, the liquid used in the device.
Likewise, travel agents or tour operators selling Thailand as a destination should make sure their clients
are aware of the ban in place on electronic cigarettes.
Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand