Thailand takes the dangerous path of denying harm reducing alternatives

In a move that sent waves across South and Southeast Asia last week, Thailand’s Public Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul iterated that the importation and production ban on vaping products will continue, depriving Thai smokers of provable alternatives to quit. Harm-reducing alternatives to combustible cigarettes, including vaping devices, heated tobacco, and oral pouches, provide nicotine in a less harmful fashion, according to most major health bodies, but the minister was insistent that the rising use of these products by young people was enough to warrant their continued ban. While nicotine alternatives remained banned, the minister has been […]

The Digital Economy Minister Crusading to Legalize Vaping in Thailand

In our work promoting smart policies on harm reduction around the world, the Consumer Choice Center is often engaged in battles to stave off vaping flavor bans or tax hikes that will harm consumers and smokers looking to quit. And while those efforts are vital to individuals moving away from tobacco in liberal democracies, there are countries outside that sphere that still maintain outright bans or harsh restrictions on vaping and harm-reducing technologies – depriving millions of a less harmful method of consuming nicotine. That’s why political leaders like Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society, are worth highlighting. Recently, […]

Update from Southeast Asia

Greetings to listeners. I’m in the last leg of my long journey across Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. Because of uncertain Internet connections and general lack of time, I haven’t been able to record a new show in a few weeks, but I am here to assure you that I am returning in due form very soon. I hope to host a few special episodes concentrating on the places I have visited and the insights gained from them, as well as writing a few articles which will appear across different media sources. For this week, I’ve chosen to replay “An Indian […]