While a Swiss vaper has recently been arrested in Thailand for possession and use of an electronic cigarette, UK travel agencies are no longer reluctant to inform travelers about the country's laws regarding vaping. .
In the United Kingdom, travel agency employees are invited to warn their customers of Thai law prohibiting the introduction of electronic cigarettes in the country. Pat Waterton, Director of Langley Travel, said she was unaware of the ban until her nephew, James, paid a "fine" of 125 £ after facing threats of imprisonment for possession of an electronic cigarette in Bangkok.
On its official documentation, the agency added a paragraph which states that "E-cigarettes are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or 10 years in prison».
Pat Waterton says, " I received a message from my sister that James had been arrested in Thailand because he had an e-cigarette. He managed to pay the policeman, who told him he could go to jail. Ten years ! It sounds amazing just to use an electronic cigarette".
Besides, Pat Waterton seems to understand, she says, " If I have to sell trips to Thailand, I will clearly mention this point about e-cigarettes, and all agents should do that. Thailand is a very popular destination so we should make sure that our guests' travels are not ruined by this kind of mishap. »
Several travel agencies agree on this point, the director general of Premier Holidays declares No impact has been noted on bookings but we strongly advise all agents to convey these tips to their clients »