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A Thai man is under arrest in Pattaya for allegedly selling e-cigarettes and vaping products, after concerned citizens tipped off Banglamung police. The products were allegedly being sold in the Naklua market, according to the Banglamung Administrative Chief Officer, Phonchai Sangeiad who reportedly talked to Pattaya News.

“We are cracking down on electronic cigarettes in the area overall as part of a national drive to protect the health of our residents. We had received a tip-off from a concerned citizen that vaping products were being sold at the Mueang Jamlong Market in Naklua and immediately responded.”

“We conducted a sting operation to buy vaping and vaping devices at the shop before arresting the suspect after confirming he was selling the products illegally.”

“45 year old Sarayut Mayotha, the owner of the vaping market stall, was arrested. He admitted that he was the shop owner. Officers seized 6 electronic cigarettes and 33 bottles of liquid used to supply e-cigarettes.”

“The suspect was taken to the Banglamung Police Station to face charges of offenses to the consumer protection law for selling vaping and vaping devices.”

Thailand is has some of the strictest e-cigarette or vaping laws in the world with many organisations trying unsuccessfully to overturn such laws as officials say they are in place to “protect the health of citizens.” But critics say it is due to a lack of ability to properly control export taxes on e-cigarette products as well as traditional cigarette companies pushing back against such laws. Cigarette companies say that if e-cigarettes are allowed, it would adversely affect their revenue.

According to cancer.org, the vapor in e-cigs may sound harmless, but the aerosol that comes out of an e-cigarette is not water vapor and can be harmful. The aerosol from an e-cigarette can contain nicotine and other substances that are addictive and can cause lung disease, heart disease, and cancer.

 

SOURCE: The Pattaya News/Cancer.org

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    Brian

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    “We are cracking down on electronic cigarettes in the area overall as part of a national drive to protect the health of our residents.” Does the Thai government collect taxes on cigarettes and alcohol? So, is it the case that the Thai government is suppressing safer alternatives while making money on the substances that are actually killing people?

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    Glenn

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Control people – don’t allow them rights – the state sets the rules and you must obey.

    But Thailand can sleep a bit safer and sounder tonight knowing that this evil-doer, this CRIMINAL, he has been arrested and his vape ware confiscated.

    Now the public is safe again and can go to 7/11 and buy all the cigarettes they want knowing they will not be harmed or threatened by the dangerous vape.

    Thailand shines with it’s wisdom again.

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    Geoff

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Yeh, but it’s still way better than tobacco and it gets you into a healthier place, from where you can give it up completely. (Voice of experience)

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    My posts are not being published. If this goes on I will stop posting here.
    Thais are gagged I will not be.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    I will try again.
    The government have made vaping cigarettes illegal because the government have a monopoly on the supply of cigarettes in Thailand, and do not want competition.
    And it is the same with hubbly bubbly pipes.

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Immigration police arrested a French man who was allegedly involved in a crime network who allegedly smuggled cannabis, and arrested 3 other foreigners on overstay charges. Police say the crime network sold cannabis to foreigners living in tourist cities in Thailand.

Officers say they suspect there are more people involved in the alleged smuggling operation on the Eastern seaboard, which includes Chon Buri and Rayong. Police are now launching an investigation.

Police were tipped off earlier this year about an alleged French gang selling cannabis to tourists. Apparently, the drug suspects would rent rooms to store the cannabis and frequently change locations. Foreigners had rented a room off a soi in Bangkok, but the manager noticed they were acting suspicious. No one appeared to actually be living in the room and people would stop by the room for less than an hour, the manager told police.

Police arrested a man who was stopping by the room. Officers say the 28 year old, identified as Samy, had a suitcase filled with dried cannabis and scales. He faces charges for possession and distribution of a Category 5 narcotic.

The police went to the man’s apartment in the Charoen Nakhon area and arrested 2 French nationals, ages 27 and 28, and a 29 year old woman from the UK for overstaying their visas. Police say they had thrown cannabis and smoking equipment out the window before officers entered the room.

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Thailand is hoping its newest anti-human trafficking report will earn an upgrade from the US from Tier 2 to Tier 1. The report was submitted to the Washington’s Trafficking in Persons Report. Deputy government spokeswoman, Rachada Dhnadirek, said the government is ready to be upgraded after remaining on Tier 2 for 3 years in a row. Those nations who fall on the Tier 2, are deemed to not be fully complying with the minimum standards set out in the US’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Those on the Tier 2, however, are supposed to be making efforts to comply with the minimum standards.

Before 2018, Thailand was placed in Tier 3, which is for nations who don’t fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making efforts to do so. Then, Thailand was upgraded to Tier 2 after making progress compared to the previous year.

Rachada says Thailand submitted the 2020 TIP Report on February 2 and a report on progress in its anti-human trafficking operations from January to March of this year to the US embassy on April 3. The data includes the number of arrests and punishments for human-trafficking offences. Thailand also has created a new plan, making it the first in Asia to introduce such a plan. That plan is called the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Rachada says now Thailand is processing human trafficking cases more quickly by shortening the investigation time to 70 days as of last year. In 2015, the investigation time was 118 days. She says the country has also set up centres to help LGBT human-trafficking victims as well as helping migrant workers with work-related issues.

Thailand has also introduced the PROTECT-U app for smartphones in which human-trafficking victims can access protection and launch complaints in 7 different languages. The app was developed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.

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A 25 year old Phuket man who was allegedly beaten and shot by an off-duty, drunken police officer, will never walk again as he remains paralysed in the hospital. The news, according to doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital, comes after Aroon Thongplab, was shot from a close range, with the bullet hitting his spine.

The man was a noodle vendor and was collecting a bowl from a customer on Bangla Road when he was allegedly shot by Pornthep Channarong of the Phuket Provincial Police at around 6am. Doctors told his wife about his prognosis after he woke up from a coma and underwent surgery to increase his prospects of being able to sit up. His wife, who is only known by her surname as Kulthida, told The Phuket News that she received news that he would never walk again.

“He cannot feel or move the lower part from his waist. Doctors just gave him spine surgery last week, so that he can sit. However, the doctors cannot assure that the surgery will work. We have to wait to see if his recovery goes well along with physiotherapy.”

Pornthep was discharged from the Royal Thai Police less than a day after he allegedly shot the noodle vendor. Now, he is facing charges of attempted murder, firing a weapon in a public area, and carrying a firearm in a public area without a necessary reason. But those charges have come slowly, according to Kulthida.

“I have already asked Patong Police, and they told me that at this stage the report to file (with the public prosecutor) is about 90% complete. I am also waiting for a notice from the court. Today, officers from Region 8 Police came to the hospital to question Aroon, but he has not been able to speak… I asked them about the bail conditions, and they told me that the suspect is still in jail.”

The Phuket Provincial Court is allowing Pornthep to go out on bail, despite the Royal Thai Police asking the court to keep in locked up.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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