Thailand have recently approved a legislation which outlaws the import of e-cigarettes into the country
Experts have warned that tourists could even face a hefty 10 years in prison for vaping in the popular travel destination.
There is advice for anyone travelling to the country on the Foreign Office website which states: “You can’t bring vaporisers (like e-cigarettes and e-baraku) or refills into Thailand.
“These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The sale or supply of e-cigarettes and similar devices is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty.
Several British Nationals have been arrested for possession of vaporisers and e-cigarettes.”
However here in the UK, e-cigarettes have been becoming more and more popular over the last few years.
An e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that tries to replicate the feeling of smoking tobacco products (also known as vaping)
The liquid inside the device typically contains nicotine, so smokers can still receive their intake without the need for a cigarette.
According to a survey from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of adult respondents in the UK 2016, 5.6% of respondents in 2016 stated they currently used an e-cigarette, which would populate to approximately 2.9 million people using them.
“Of all current e-cigarette users aged 16 and over, just over three-quarters (75.3%) used their e-cigarette every day and a further 15.9% used one at least once a week” the survey states.
A new study suggests that people who use e-cigarettes could have a significantly higher chance of quitting smoking.
The Columbia University suggests that people who use e-cigarettes on a daily basis have a lot higher chance of quitting the habit for good.
According to the study, over half (52.2%) of the people that used e-cigarettes daily had quit smoking in the last 5 years, compared to the 12.1% of quitters who only used the method some days.
Smoking is known to a leading cause of many preventable health issues, with around 79,000 deaths in England in 2015 and estimated 474,000 hospital admissions in 2016 attributable to smoking.
However, opposed to other methods, like nicotine patches, the rise of electronic cigarettes and vaping appears to be the method coming out on top.
Therefore, a main objective of the government is to reduce the prevalence of smoking.
The ONS survey results suggested that young people between the ages 18 to 24 experienced the largest decline of smoking of 6.5% since 2010.
Many new laws have been put in place over the past few years in order to lower the amount of cigarettes purchased.
These laws included a ban of 10 pack cigarettes, making it impossible to buy cigarettes in cheaper quantities which becomes less appealing to younger and poorer smokers.
Cigarette manufacturersalso had to change their packaging by May earlier this year so that all cigarettes are sold in the same plain packaging.
There are also plans for menthol cigarettes to be phased out by 2020.