Time passes but nothing changes about the e-cigarette in Thailand. On the contrary, a few days ago the Excise Department warned tourists about fines and penalties for introducing vaping devices for personal use or resale.
We can not say that tourists have not been warned, the e-cigarette is clearly not welcome in Thailand! Recently, the Excise Department issued a warning to tourists about the fines and penalties that may be imposed for the introduction of e-cigarettes or e-liquids for personal use or for resale.
The director general of the department, Patchara Anuntasilpa, said last Thursday that the Ministry of Commerce had banned electronic cigarettes because of health issues raised by the Ministry of Public Health.
Anyone who possesses a "cigalike" (which looks like a classic cigarette) for his personal use will be fined 6 800 baht by product (180 €) said the manager. Owning them for resale will face higher loads of 12 000 baht by product (320 €) he added.
The official did not mention the fine provided for e-cigarettes that have refillable e-liquid tanks, but the Customs Act is clear on the subject: People arrested with e-cigarettes type will be fined four times and / or up to 10 years in prison.
The warning was issued after embassies based in Bangkok complained to the ministry of fining their tourists for entering the country with e-cigarettes, according to Patchara.
In the last three months, the Excise Department has seized 80 cartons of e-cigarettes and other related substances or equipment. Successful sanctions for the department that has already collected more than 5 million baht of fines (130 000 €).