It’s important to do your research on laws of the country you’re visiting. Tourists from all over the world would often visit The Land of Smiles thanks to their great food, cheap shopping, and friendly locals, most travelers are probably aware of the ban of smoking cigarettes on a number of beaches in Thailand.
If you’re caught breaking the newly implemented law, you could face a fine of up to THB100,000 (RM12,530) or a jail term of up to one year.
With this, tourists have remained cautious and adhered to the cigarette ban. However, most travelers are probably unaware of this other law that could potentially land them in more trouble!
Those who are caught smoking e-cigarettes or vapes can face up to 10 years in prison! In fact, the ban was reportedly in effect since 2014!
An excerpt from the “Local Laws and Customs” section on Thailand’s Foreign Office website reads,
“You can’t bring vaporisers (like e-cigarettes and e-baraku) or refills into Thailand. These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.”
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“The sale or supply of e-cigarette and similar devices is also banned and you could face a heavy fine of up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty.”
Vapes are actually prohibited items in Thailand despite it being a common sight in The Land of Smiles, you could risk a lot by doing it, so refrain from bringing your vape into Thailand!
A travel agent from the United Kingdom recently shared her nephew’s experience in Thailand. He was arrested and fined £125 (RM690) after getting caught vaping and was even threatened with jail time!
To make sure you don’t accidentally break any laws in Thailand, it’s advisable to read up on their latest laws and customs before traveling! Also, just to be safe, keep your vapes at home as it could potentially get confiscated at customs anyway!
Be sure to travel safe and smart!
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(Source: News.com.au / WOB)