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Puangpetch Chunla-ead Leads Bold Vape Operation in Bangkok: Thousands of Illicit Vaping Devices Seized

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In the shadow of Bangkok’s bustling streets, enveloped by the hum of daily life, a clandestine operation unlike any other was unfolding. Dubbed the “Vape Operation”, this bold initiative is the brainchild of a unique partnership between the illustrious Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) and the vigilant Royal Thai Police. Spearheaded by the indomitable Puangpetch Chunla-ead, Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, the campaign kicked off with gusto on a sunny Wednesday, setting the scene for an unforgettable showdown against illicit vaping devices near educational sanctuaries.

The target? A market nestled amidst a sea of student dormitories, notorious as a haven for e-cigarette and vaping paraphernalia. Its reputation as a go-to spot for these controversial devices caught the keen eye of the OCPB, propelling the launch of a campaign aimed at extinguishing the sale of illegal wares to the young and impressionable minds frequenting schools and colleges in the vicinity.

As the operation swung into action, investigators, with eagle-eyed precision, uncovered e-cigarette and vaping devices lurking within 14 unsuspecting stalls. The air crackled with tension as 8 sellers were apprehended, their dreams of quick profits going up in smoke. The haul was staggering – nearly 6,000 vaping items, ensnared in the dragnet, were confiscated. But the trail didn’t end there. Like seasoned detectives, the team traced the breadcrumbs back to a factory nestled in the Din Daeng district, where an additional 4,000 items were seized, sending shockwaves through the illicit vaping underworld. The total value of these contraband treasures? A whopping 3 million baht.

“The allure of e-cigarettes has cast a shadow over Thailand’s youth, ensnaring first-time users as young as 13,” proclaimed Minister Puangpetch, her voice tinged with concern. “These devices, easily procured from shops skirting the perimeters of our educational institutions, or even distributed in bulk by students-turned-peddlers to their unsuspecting peers, pose a grave threat to our adolescents.”

The Minister’s call to arms was clear: parents must become vigilant sentinels, closely monitoring their children’s activities and standing guard against the tide of e-cigarette influence. She implored guardians to be proactive, to reach out through any means – be it the helpline at 1166, the OCPB website, or the avant-garde Traffy Fondue app – and report any whiff of unusual activity.

In Thailand, the battle lines against e-cigarettes and vaping devices, including the exotic allure of baraku (hookah) and its electronic counterpart, are starkly drawn. Vendors caught in the act could face a sentence of up to three years behind bars, and/or a hefty 60,000 baht fine. Meanwhile, those daring to smuggle these forbidden goods risk up to a decade in prison, and/or fines soaring up to 500,000 baht. A stark reminder that in the fight against the vaping epidemic, the stakes are monumentally high.

As the sun sets on Bangkok’s horizon, the “Vape Operation” casts a long shadow, a beacon of hope against the creeping darkness of e-cigarette proliferation. But beyond the triumphs and the captures, it heralds a clarion call for communal vigilance, a rallying cry for parents, guardians, and citizens alike, to guard the future of Thailand’s youth with unwavering resolve.


  1. GuardianOfYouth March 7, 2024

    Fantastic work by Puangpetch Chunla-ead and team! It’s about time the government cracked down on these illegal vape sellers. Our kids need to be protected from these harmful devices. Bravo!

    • VapeNation March 7, 2024

      I think you’re missing the point. This crackdown only pushes the vaping community underground. It doesn’t solve the actual issue of why people, including teens, are drawn to vaping in the first place.

      • GuardianOfYouth March 7, 2024

        Yes, but eliminating easy access is the first step towards dismantling the habit. We can work on educating the youth simultaneously, but for now, we need immediate actions like these.

      • CloudChaser March 7, 2024

        But what about adults who use vaping as a means to quit smoking? These operations make it harder for them to access a less harmful alternative.

    • EducateFirst March 7, 2024

      I agree with both points, but we should focus more on education and less on punishment. The youth will always find a way if they’re determined enough. It’s about changing the mindset, not just removing the temptation.

  2. streetvendor123 March 7, 2024

    This operation is just a show. They seize a few thousand devices and think it’ll make a difference? There are millions out there. Plus, it’s my livelihood they’re ruining.

    • JusticeSeeker March 7, 2024

      It might seem like a drop in the ocean, but every significant change starts with small steps. Your livelihood shouldn’t come at the expense of public health and law.

      • streetvendor123 March 7, 2024

        You talk about law, but there’s a huge demand. If the government created better regulations and systems for legal sales, I wouldn’t have to sell them illegally.

  3. Anna_Banana March 7, 2024

    Parents must do more! We can’t rely solely on the government to police our children’s choices. It starts with open conversations at home about the dangers of vaping.

    • DisagreeParent March 7, 2024

      Easy for you to say, Anna. Some of us work multiple jobs and can’t always be there to monitor our kids. The system should do more to protect them in our absence.

      • Anna_Banana March 7, 2024

        I get that, truly. But there are resources like the Traffy Fondue app mentioned. Maybe if we, as a community, can come together to help each other out, it could make a difference.

  4. EcoWarrior March 7, 2024

    Has anyone considered the environmental impact of all these illegal vape devices? They’re not just a health issue; they’re a huge waste problem too.

    • VapeNation March 7, 2024

      That’s an excellent point, EcoWarrior. If these devices were regulated and properly managed, we could have recycling programs in place to mitigate that issue.

  5. PolicyMaker March 7, 2024

    This operation is a step in the right direction, but we need long-term solutions. Stricter regulations, yes, but also support programs for those trying to quit and proper channels for legal sales.

  6. Tommy_Tech March 7, 2024

    These operations might make headlines, but what about the underlying tech? There’s always going to be a newer, stealthier device on the market. The issue isn’t just the physical devices; it’s the tech behind them.

    • InnovateNotHate March 7, 2024

      Tommy’s got a point. Instead of fighting the tech, why not innovate it for good? There are potential therapeutic uses for vaping tech that are being overshadowed by these scare tactics.

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