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Thai government to charge non-alcoholic beer

The administration just reiterated its steadfast opposition to electronic cigarettes last week. Ekniti announced that the department will increase taxes on all types of alcohol starting in the fiscal year 2023 in order to combat drunkenness among Thailand’s youth. Unless Thailand soon makes vaping legal.

He said that the price rise was necessary because young Thais were increasingly binge drinking in order to reduce alcohol consumption and improve overall public health. KhaoSod claims that Ekniti also announced an increase in the fee on e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are not allowed in Thailand, thus it is unclear how the tax would be applied to “vapes” or if it has already been implemented.

Given his declaration that the agency will start charging for beer with 0% alcohol, Ekniti’s concern for the general public’s health is, at best, questionable. The majority of e-cigarette users—more than half—are young people, according to Anutin Charnvirakul, a pro-marijuana health minister, who asserted that vaping poses a substantial health risk to them in particular. He claimed that because young people are getting more interested in it, non-alcoholic beer should be charged.

Thailand intends to tax non-alcoholic beer in addition to raising the current tax on all alcoholic beverages, according to Director-General of the Revenue Department Ekniti Nitithanprapas.

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