Thailand is a strange country sometimes….
Only Yesterday Love Pattaya covered a story on the Justice minister “Paiboon Koomchaya” who said the current approach on fighting drugs had failed and claimed meth, or ya ba, was less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes! Which he proposes to be de-classified.
Today, we have reports circulating on the possession and use of E-cigarettes in Thailand. Apparently there is ‘NO’ law banning the possession of E-cigarettes in Thailand. The problem is due to the fact these products fall into a category of goods that have not been taxed. This means being caught in possession of E-cigarettes is therefore is illegal.
Offenders could face five years jail or a fine of four times the value of the goods or both jail and fine.
The maximum Five year sentence is linked to the import/export ban, meaning that if you are in possession of a vape device you broke the law.
Customs Act Section 20 is basically about being able to be arrested without an arrest warrant if you are breaking the law
Customs Act Section 27 states basic tax evasion, import duty stuff where the maximum 5 year sentence is from.
This law has been on the statute since December 2014.
Although were hearing reports on the confiscation of E-cigarettes by Police if caught in possession or using them in public places, we haven’t yet heard of anyone being arrested or finned. Guess its down to the discretion of the police officer. You have been warned, use E-cigarettes at your own risk!
Content : LovePattayaThailand