Phuket police arrest man for using ‘hookah’ pipes

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A 29 year old Isaan resident has been arrested by Phuket police for possessing 6 hookahs… the Middle Eastern water pipes are illegal in Thailand (although not too difficult to find being used in some commercial premises).

Krissada Pimchanda, from Khon Kaen, was charged with violating consumer protection laws. The laws prohibit the sale or provision of services for hookahs, electronic hookahs and electronic cigarettes as well as substances used in hookahs or electronic cigarettes.

The Phuket News says that people who were arrested in possession of hookahs in the past faced up to 3 years in jail and a fine up to 600,000 baht. They say that those importing the pipes face up to 10 years in jail and a fine up to 100,000 baht.

Thailand banned hookah-style water pipes and electronic cigarettes in 2014, a move pushed by public health officials who said it was getting young people into smoking.

Director of the Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Center, or TRC, says smoking hookah, or baraku, is popular in pubs and other nightlife venues in Thailand. She says the appealing fruit flavors are attractive to young people and many believe it is less dangerous than cigarettes because it smells and tastes like fruit. Baraku is actually more harmful, she says.

“When tars in Baraku get hot, they are released as mutagens and toxicants. Baraku is a cause of several types of cancers such as lung cancer, mouth cancer and other serious tumors.”

SOURCES: Phuket News | Associated Press | TRC

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Caitlin Ashworth

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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