Thailand’s Disease Control Department is spreading misinformation about vaping

While vapers in Thailand have been speaking up about the local unreasonable vaping regulations, the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department is insisting that e-cigarettes pose serious risks to one’s health, and should not be used as smoking cessation tools.

The deputy director-general of the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department, Dr Assadang Ruay-archin, has released a statement dismissing a report that the Public Health Ministry had distorted an analysis about the safety risks of e-cigarettes. Despite evidence to the contrary, he added that the products are as hazardous to one’s health as regular cigarettes, since they contain nicotine and therefore are addictive.

Thai Health Ministry spokesperson, said that PHE study indicating that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking has not been recognized by the WHO yet, and hence should be dismissed.

Vapers in Thailand are faced with some of the harshest regulations worldwide. A ban on the import, export, sale and possession of vaping products has been in place since November 2014. Anyone caught breaking this law will have their items confiscated and fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. When taking into account that regulations pertaining to combustible cigarettes (which are proven to be much more toxic than vaping products), are not even close to being this harsh, such a stance is ironic to say the least.

In fact only last week, two young adults were arrested in Pathum Thani for selling vaping products via Facebook. This has prompted many locals to speak up and refer to regulations around the world such as many EU countries, where at least (despite still unfair), vaping products are regulated as other tobacco products.

To date, a number of studies have indicated that e-cigarettes are not only significantly safer than regular cigarettes, but also the most effective smoking cessation tools to date. However, Dr Assadang said that Public Health England’s study indicating that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking has not been recognized by the WHO yet, and hence should be dismissed. He urges smokers to not turn to e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, but to instead keep using the medically-recognized products that have so far failed miserably in helping smokers quit.



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