As the Thai government prepares to impose the tobacco-neutral package, a network of e-cigarette and importer users offers a more "useful" alternative: The outright lifting of the ban on products without smoke.
Thailand is a country where it is clearly dangerous to own an e-cigarette. Recently, a network of electronic cigarette users and importers suggested that lifting the ban on "smoke-free" products and enacting appropriate regulations would be more effective measures to discourage people from smoking rather than launch the "neutral package".
Currently, the Ministry of Public Health is putting in place new regulations requiring that cigarettes be sold only through the "neutral package" with images and alert messages designed by the ministry. This new measure should enter into force 270 days after its publication in the Official Journal.
Citing research that the neutral package helps reduce the need for cigarettes, the new regulation will make Thailand the first country in Asia and the eleventh in the world to adopt this type of packaging to discourage smoking, officials said. .
However, Maris Karanyawat, representative of the group End Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST) Believes that the neutral package will do little to reduce cigarette consumption, citing the number of smokers remaining (11 millions in Thailand) over the past decade and those despite the inclusion of packet warning images from 2005.
« Thailand's [tobacco] laws provide for severe penalties, but the question remains whether they can be really or seriously enforced" , did he declare. Previously The ECST had obtained 40 000 signatures during a campaign for the legalization of the electronic cigarette, it suggested to turn it into a product "controlled" rather than prohibit it.
Maris met with relevant agencies late last month about the lifting of the ban, but left without resolution. However, the Ministry of Commerce said it would set up a committee to study the feasibility of the proposal, he said.
PHILIP MORRIS SUPPORTS THE EXCLUSION OF THE PROHIBITION OF NO SMOKED PRODUCTS
At the same time, Gerald Margolis, managing director of Philip Morris (Thailand) who offers IQOS, said lifting the ban on smokeless products and regulating cigarettes properly would do better than the neutral package. He adds that his company is not opposed to the neutral package but more focused on seeking appropriate regulation for low-toxicity products.
Of course, he says that Philip Morris International is working to create a "smoke-free" future and that the company's priority remains to provide alternative and less harmful alternatives to smokers who would like to smoke otherwise.
source : Phnompenhpost.com/