SCAN Bulletin #127                                                                          February 8, 2023
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Thailand’s government is reminding tourists of the nation’s current anti-smoking laws. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says travellers should be aware that electronic cigarettes, shishas, and electronic shishas are currently illegal.

Furthermore, the TAT says there is no smoking in public areas as part of the broader Tobacco Control Law which aims to promote a clean, safe and smoke-free environment.

The reminder comes after recent incidents have seen foreign travellers facing fines or arrest after using such devices as electronic cigarettes while being unaware of their illegality.

According to the Phuket Express, electronic cigarettes and shishas were banned back in 2014 for health reasons as well as their potential to encourage young people to take up the bad habit. READ MORE

The number of British kids being hospitalised by vaping has quadrupled in a year, according to data.

Some 32 instances of under-18s needing medical treatment for e-cigarette-related ailments were recorded in 2022.

This was up from just eight in the year before, NHS statistics show. 

Experts have repeated their demands for a crackdown on vaping on the back of the figures, warning the figure will only get higher.

Prevalence of the gadgets — which can contain as much nicotine as 50 cigarettes — has doubled among kids in less than a decade. READ MORE
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