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Vaping crackdown continues as Pattaya Police raid local market

Jack Burton

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Just hours after raiding a house whose owner was allegedly selling vaping equipment on social media, Pattaya police raided a local market looking for vaping equipment, illegal orthodontics and pirated goods.

Local police say the Chon Buri area is having another vaping crackdown because, according to Thai law, it’s considered to be danger to public health. They say “concerned citizens” reported the equipment sales.

The raid was at 10:30pm on November 3, at the Threpprasit Market.

Police discovered a 24 year old man selling hundreds of banned vaping devices. He was arrested at the scene and admitted to the crime, according police. He’ll face penalties under the Consumer Protection Act.

They also found a 25 and 29 year old man and woman running a booth selling “fashion” orthodontics and designer braces nearby. Both items are illegal for sale without a dental license, and the pair lacked other registrations and licenses required by law to sell dental equipment. A prominent dentist also attended the seizures to advise police on these articles for sale.

Under the 2018 Consumer Protection Board laws, fashion orthodontics are prohibited. The two vendors were arrested and police say they also admitted to their crime, saying their main clients were teenagers who could not afford the services at a properly qualified dentist.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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