Enjoy your Thailand holiday, but please leave the electronic cigarettes at home.
While electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are used around the world as a way of helping people quit smoking, travellers coming to Thailand should be aware that these devices are, in fact, illegal in the kingdom.
Many may ask why a device designed to aid people in quitting the habit is being banned in Thailand.
The ban was introduced in 2014 by the Thai Government for health reasons and that electronic cigarettes were luring young people into smoking.
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 to both 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.
Thus, travellers coming to Thailand are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes with them, nor any 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: The announcement of Department of Business Development B.A. 2557 (2014), Narcotics Control Division, the Baraku and E-Cigarette are prohibited in Thailand.