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Bangkok man arrested for selling e-cigarettes and vape liquid

Caitlin Ashworth



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Police raided a home in Bangkok, seizing 70 electronic cigarettes as well as refill liquid and other related products. While the products are legal in many countries, vape pens and e-cigarettes sales are illegal in Thailand.

Police say the alleged dealer, 35 year old Chalitpon Saardrup, sold the e-cigarettes and vaping liquid through Facebook and used a private delivery service to ship the products to customers. Police tracked down Chalitpon’s address and searched his home, finding e-cigarettes and related products valued at around 300,000 baht, police say.

Chalitpon was detained and charged with violating consumer protection regulations. Police say Chalitpon admitted to selling the products.

Thailand’s Consumer Protection Board Order No. 9/2015:

Prohibition of sales and service of “hookahs, electronic hookahs, and electronic cigarettes, smoking materials for hookahs, and liquids for filling electronic hookahs and electronic cigarettes.”

Police say they found 74 e-cigarettes, 85 boxes of atomizer heads, 990 bottles refill liquid, 7 plastic bags for packaging vaping wires, 3 rolls of vaping wire, 2 charging holders and 220 atomizer coils. Along with the e-cigarette related products, police seized 7,300 baht in cash and a mobile phone.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Proving that Thailand is behind the times with regard to vaping. Maybe the government would prefer people to smoke? When people smoke, the government gets tax on every sale. With vaping they might only get sales tax if it is legalised (or if it is not legalised…nothing). Better to legalise and at least get tax. Laws regarding vaping are only another disincentive to go to Thailand. People take up vaping to quit or take a step away from smoking.

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    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    This must be the only country in the world that bans E-cigarettes

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Australia, India, Singapore and Japan too, and probably a few others.

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    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    In Pattaya, e-cigarettes are sold at every intersection. He just didn’t share the profit.

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    George Lattimer

    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    When TF are the Thai Gov going to stop taking money from Big Tobacco and wake up to the rest of the world?…Maybe when the corrupt Govt changes to a democratic state.

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    My number

    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Legalise vaping ! Government is only interested in tax on cigarettes not in people health

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    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 1:17 am

    This seems particularly bad. Does the Thai government earn money from cigarettes like in China? If so, they’re not only profiting from a product that’s extremely harmful to people’s health, they’re suppressing a safer alternative.

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    Khun plastic

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Yes they do,there is a Thai tabbcco monopoly and many cheap brands of Thai cigarettes.

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    Khun plastic

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Khrongtip and Samit are major Thai tabbcco brands,they come in soft packs,you will see many tuk tuk drivers have a pack in there top pocket,believe the royal estates get a cut of the profits also.

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    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 8:02 am

    The stupidity of this country is breathtaking in every sense of the word.
    They do actually believe no one can see through their corrupt practices….incredible.

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    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Yet there are countless shops, online and offline, that continue selling them. Police is only interested in quick and meaningless photo ops to please society with the illusion of order.

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    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    I guess they skipped the markets in Pattaya…

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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