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Young Thai man faces THREE years in jail and 600K fine for selling e-cigarettes

 

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E-cigarettes and vaping fluid - legal in many countries and actually encouraged by some people as an aid to giving up regular cigarettes - are in the news in Thailand again. 

 

A 24 year old Thai man faces three years in jail and/or a 600,000 baht fine for selling them on Facebook. 

 

Acting on a tip off trading standards officers and police went to a house in the Nong Khaem area of Bangkok where they found Pongsakorn or "Geng" on his motorcycle outside. 

 

He was delivering some vaping fluid to a customer. 

 

A search of his house revealed three e-cigarettes, 62 coils and 251 bottles of vaping fluid that he admitted were all his. 

 

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Picture: Naew Na

 

He was using his girlfriend's Facebook account under the name "Pui Fai Wanlapha (ปุ้ยฝ้าย วัลลภา).

 

Thailand has strict laws about e-cigarettes promulgated in 2015. 

 

The actual use of the devices and the fluid remains a grey area but their importation and sale is a serious offence, notes Thaivisa. 

 

Pongsakorn is now in the hands of the Nong Khaem police, reported Naew Na. 

 

Source: Naew Na

 

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What a joke.

 

I wish the Thailand Tobacco monopoly would hurry up and monopolize vaping so that these stupid sentences can be avoided and people can use e-cigs to quit the more harmful real cigs that are perfectly legal here.

 

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14 minutes ago, webfact said:

Young Thai man faces THREE years in jail and 600K fine for selling e-cigarettes

That's his career gone up in smoke....unless:

 

He claims they all belong to a dead friend.

Or:

Get bail and skip the country.

Surely that's how Thai law works in these cases.

 

<For the hard-of-learning: The text above may contain traces of sarcasm>

 

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He should have been fully aware what penalties awaits him when he'll get caught and he was, so he took a punt and lost, the sentence will most likely be watered down but he will do jail time that is for sure..

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Kill a bunch of people on the road and get community service, which you then dodge.  Beat the beejeezus out of a foreigner and get fined 500 baht and an insincere wai.

 

Sell e-smokes and it's off to prison for 3 years.

 

Thailand.  Hub of nonsensical sentencing.

 

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On 8/25/2020 at 11:27 PM, JonnyF said:

What a joke.

 

I wish the Thailand Tobacco monopoly would hurry up and monopolize vaping so that these stupid sentences can be avoided and people can use e-cigs to quit the more harmful real cigs that are perfectly legal here.

 

Despite the early promotion of e cigs as a less harmful alternative, the growing body of evidence, shows that "vaping" comes with its own  serious health risks.

 

The issue here is not so much the sale of vaping products , but the fact that the products sold are filled with unknown toxic substances. The  liquids are not subject to  manufacturing quality control, nor  standards of any kind. Many of the vape products found in Thailand are home made or sourced from China. hardly a supply chain that inspires confidence.

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Law and order, to some.

if no tourists i think its ok for this sort of thing to happen. Just show some empathy and compasion. It doesnt take much.

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14 hours ago, geriatrickid said:

Despite the early promotion of e cigs as a less harmful alternative, the growing body of evidence, shows that "vaping" comes with its own  serious health risks.

 

The issue here is not so much the sale of vaping products , but the fact that the products sold are filled with unknown toxic substances. The  liquids are not subject to  manufacturing quality control, nor  standards of any kind. Many of the vape products found in Thailand are home made or sourced from China. hardly a supply chain that inspires confidence.

Hi,

 

Please show us some links to the growing body of evidences.

 

Products are a lot less safe when there is no regulations. The phone or computer that you type on are also made in China, as well as most manufactured items you buy and use daily, and they are safe because of regulations. There s no good reason not to allow a healthier alternative to smoking.

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