Travel agents are urging their customers not to vape in Thailand as they could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Many people are unaware of the ban, and recent travelers have been forced to pay a £125 on-the-spot fine after being threatened with having after vaping in Bangkok.
Thailand approved the legislation in November of 2014 outlawing the import of e-cigarettes into the country and later expanded it to include exports of all e-smoking devices and equipment. Although it is common to see people vaping in Thailand, it is an offense technically and breaking the law as possession is illegal.
Last Month four men were arrested and charged with “illegally selling electronic cigarettes and liquid.” The Police said that the men were smuggling the vapor products into Thailand to deliver to customers who had purchased them on Facebook.
The Foreign Office makes its advice very clear on its website, telling travelers not to take vaporizers or refills into Thailand. The Foreign Office statement says “These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted, and several British Nationals have been arrested for possession of vaporizers and e-cigarettes.”
Kuoni, one of the biggest tour operators that handle trips to Thailand, said that it advises travelers to check with the Foreign Offices before embarking on a trip.