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Deputy PM Suriya Jungrungreangkit Leads Fight Against Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic in Thailand

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The suppression of e-cigarettes is a chief policy of the government due to the growing concern over how vulnerable children are to them. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

In a bid to tackle the rising menace of e-cigarettes among the youth, the National Health Commission Office (NHCO) has come up with a robust five-point strategy aimed at keeping these devices out of young hands. Recent studies highlight an alarming trend: the younger one starts smoking, the higher the chance of chronic addiction. This was underlined by Deputy Prime Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit, who also heads the NHCO. On Friday, he pointed out that e-cigarette companies specifically target younger demographics, luring them into a hazardous habit with both immediate and long-term health repercussions.

Suriya was resolute in stating that the commission is pushing for the strictest measures to ban the import and trade of e-cigarettes. The agreed-upon action plan is multi-faceted and includes regulating information about tobacco use, raising awareness about its dangers, tight monitoring and enforcement of e-cigarette laws, forming partnerships to curb their spread, and bolstering policies to prevent their use.

“We’re set to present these resolutions for the cabinet’s approval, and we expect all related agencies to act within this framework,” Suriya emphasized. He noted that the overarching goal is to protect children from the growing threat posed by e-cigarettes. This policy framework also mandates regular progress reports every six months, focusing particularly on the number of smokers.

Dr. Suwanna Ruangkanchanasetr, the chair of the Public Health Policy Development (e-cigarette control) committee, added that the situation concerning vape use among minors in Thailand is worsening. She pointed out that the nation’s valuable resources should be safeguarded against such dangerous products, stressing that the World Health Organization has confirmed the toxicity of e-cigarettes.

Reports indicate that e-cigarettes, now available in whimsical toy-like designs and enticing synthetic flavors, have become immensely popular among young people. Alarmingly, the youngest known e-cigarette users are of primary school age.

“We urge the government to uphold its policy to ban the e-cigarette trade within Thai territory,” Dr. Suwanna stated passionately, emphasizing the need for strict legal action against violators.


  1. John S. June 7, 2024

    It’s about time someone took this seriously. E-cigarettes are destroying our youth!

    • Lara June 7, 2024

      I agree, John. Kids as young as 10 are becoming addicted. This is a crisis!

      • Sarah_89 June 7, 2024

        Yes, but doesn’t this ban ignore the root issue of why kids start smoking in the first place?

      • John S. June 7, 2024

        Good point, Sarah. But at least it’s a step in the right direction.

  2. Marco June 7, 2024

    Banning e-cigarettes? Seriously? How about better education instead?

    • Anna T. June 7, 2024

      Education is important, but it must be paired with strict policies to be effective.

      • Chris June 7, 2024

        Both education and bans are necessary. They should work hand in hand.

      • Marco June 7, 2024

        Sounds good in theory, but bans rarely work. It will just create a black market.

  3. GreenThumb33 June 7, 2024

    What about adult vapers? Should they suffer because of kids?

    • Mandy L. June 7, 2024

      This policy is about protecting kids. Adults can make choices, but children are vulnerable.

      • GreenThumb33 June 7, 2024

        Agreed, but blanket bans punish everyone. There has to be a middle ground.

  4. Dr. Watson June 7, 2024

    Vaping among kids is a public health disaster. Strong measures are needed immediately.

    • Joe June 7, 2024

      I don’t know, Doc. Are e-cigarettes really that much worse than traditional smoking?

      • Dr. Watson June 7, 2024

        Yes, Joe. The unknown long-term effects and appeal to youngsters make it worse.

  5. Samantha June 7, 2024

    Finally, a government stepping up to protect its children!

    • VapeGuy June 7, 2024

      Ludicrous. It’s just another case of government overreach!

      • Samantha June 7, 2024

        It’s not overreach when it’s about children’s safety. Think of the future!

      • Lara June 7, 2024

        Exactly, Samantha. We need more policies like these globally.

  6. TechLord June 7, 2024

    Instead of banning, why not regulate the sale with age checks and education?

  7. Emily K. June 7, 2024

    E-cigarette companies target kids deliberately with flashy designs. This ban is necessary!

    • Peter P. June 7, 2024

      It’s the same playbook as Big Tobacco years ago. They’re just adapting to new technologies.

  8. Ben R. June 7, 2024

    While I hate smoking, outright bans usually lead to bigger problems like smuggling.

    • Sara M. June 7, 2024

      You have a point, Ben. Regulation could be more effective than an outright ban.

      • Ben R. June 7, 2024

        Exactly! Enforcement and education can work better together without banning.

  9. Contrarian12 June 7, 2024

    Banning e-cigarettes is like banning candy because some kids get cavities.

  10. Sophia D. June 7, 2024

    There’s a fine line between protection and nanny-state tactics.

  11. Eduardo June 7, 2024

    The real focus should be on why kids feel the need to turn to smoking – deeper societal issues are at play.

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