In many countries, electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, have gained popularity as an alternative to smoking. However, travelers venturing into Thailand must be aware that these devices are not only frowned upon but are, in fact, illegal within the kingdom.
The ban on electronic cigarettes in Thailand dates back to 2014 when the Thai Government introduced stringent measures for health reasons. Concerns were raised that these devices were not only failing to fulfill their intended purpose of assisting in smoking cessation but were, in fact, luring young people into smoking.
Despite the well-intentioned motive behind the ban, it has far-reaching consequences for individuals found in violation of the law. This applies to both Thais and foreign visitors. The penalties for breaking this law are severe, ranging from arrest and imprisonment to fines several times the value of the illegal item(s).
The enforcement of this ban applies to all entry points and locations within Thailand. Whether you're a tourist exploring the vibrant streets of Bangkok or relaxing on the picturesque beaches of Koh Samui, the law remains the same. The severity of the consequences underscores the importance of travelers exercising caution and respecting local regulations.
In conclusion, travelers coming to Thailand are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes with them, nor any item or equipment associated with e-cigarettes, such as the liquid used in the device.
Source: Royal Thai Embassy, London.