Minister reaffirms support for vaping

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14 Jan 2022 at 13:01

Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn.
Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn.

Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said on Friday he would continue efforts to legalise e-cigarettes, which were safer than tobacco and would bring in added tax revenue.

He confirmed his position when he met a group of people campaigning for legalisation at his ministry on Friday.

Mr Chaiwut said legalisation of e-cigarettes would enable the country to tax sales and would provide people who found themselves unable to quit smoking with a safer option.

He would form a working group to study legalisation and invite people to sign in support of a request next month that the Constitutional Court rule if the ban on imports of e-cigarettes violated people’s rights, especially the right to have access to less dangerous products.

Later, there would be forums and seminars to expand public knowledge about e-cigarettes, Mr Chaiwut said.

The minister was insistent he had no vested interest in legalising vaping.

Bangkok Post

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