Thailand’s Health Minister Won’t Stop Legalization Of…


Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5:27 pm

Press Release: CAPHRA

“Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul may not support the legalization of e-cigarettes, but most politicians and the public do, with legal vape sales only months away,” says Asa Saligupta, Director of ECST (ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand).

Mr Saligupta’s feedback comply with the Public Health Minister publicly claiming his Ministry won’t assist legalization throughout a gathering with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth).

“He is playing politics. After his abysmal handling of the pandemic, among other things, he could easily lose his seat at Thailand’s upcoming general election. He’s simply panicking but has completely under-estimated the wide support for legalizing and regulating vaping,” says Mr Saligupta.

With draft laws earlier than a sub-committee, the ECST Director stays assured that the vaping invoice might be handed by Thailand’s parliament this 12 months.

“The Thai Government can and will regulate safer nicotine products regardless of what one Minister says. Let’s not forget that Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, government officials, and public health experts have all been key to finally confronting Thailand’s failed tobacco control policies,” he says.

Mr Saligupta says Thailand’s harsh ban and penalties on vape imports and gross sales have failed.

“Smoking continues to kill about 50,000 Thai people each and every year. Too many smokers have been stuck with cigarettes or are forced onto the black market for vapes where there’s no control over the purchase age or product safety standards. An effective Public Health Minister would not accept this dire situation, let alone support it,” he says.

ECST believes it’s no shock the Minister made his anti-vaping assertion to ThaiHealth board members. Its senior adviser Dr Prakit Vathesatogkit was not too long ago awarded the Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize by the World Health Organization (WHO) for his work towards tobacco. He has additionally been a high-profile voice towards legalizing vaping.

“ThaiHealth along with some local conservative health voices continue to publicly scaremonger, conveniently ignoring the growing Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) success globally. By joining the minority, Thailand’s Public Health Minister is now among an increasingly isolated crowd who continue to follow the WHO’s discredited anti-vape agenda,” he says.

Mr Saligupta says ignoring the WHO, almost 70 international locations have now adopted regulatory frameworks on safer nicotine merchandise, resulting in dramatic declines of their total smoking charges. The Philippines and Malaysia are additionally set to legalize vaping.

“Thankfully the Thai Government remains on the right side of the debate. Regulating will give consumers better protection, encourage more smokes to quit deadly cigarettes, and ensure we have much better control over youth vaping with a strict purchase age,” he says.

ECST says THR consultants and advocates from world wide have been alarmed at Mr Charnvirakul’s newest feedback.

In current months applause and accolades have come from world wide as Thai politicians and officers have dedicated to following vital worldwide public well being proof and greatest follow.

“As someone who has been living and breathing this legalization journey over several years, I can assure everyone there is nothing to see here. Thailand’s sky-high smoking rate is set to be finally addressed with legal vape sales and product regulation now imminent,” says Mr Saligupta.

ECST is a member of CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates).

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