Recent positions taken in Hong Kong will have given ideas to a harm reduction advocacy group in Thailand. Indeed, the group " ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand Asked the government to consider removing the current ban on vaping in the country.
With around two in five Thai men at risk for smoking-related illnesses, it's no surprise to see advocacy groups pushing for a risk-reducing alternative.
One of these groups, ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand, called on the government to follow the lead of its Hong Kong counterparts and consider removing the current ban on vaping. This group is led by Asa Ace Saligupta, which is desperately trying to push decision makers to consider some studies that show that vaping can be a safer alternative.
According to him, Thailand must follow the lead of many countries like Sweden, Norway and Japan, which have seen a reduction in smoking when risk-reducing product options were presented to the public. According to this group, the blanket ban currently taking place in the country puts an end to any potential conversation about the benefits of vaping.
The group urges that research on this subject be reviewed. They declaring to want " call on the Thai government to create an independent committee to seriously study the science, business aspects and regulatory framework of e-cigarettes " page (in French).
Asa ace Saligupta added that the blanket ban also resulted in a black market for vaping products, adding: " This created other problems such as the smuggling of non-standardized and therefore uncontrolled products into the country. This thus removes the rights of e-cigarette users and leads to the inability to control the access of young people to these products. »