Smoking Rates In Thailand Soar
Despite a tough stance by the Government, the number of smokers in Thailand is on the increase.
With over 70,000 deaths from smoking-related diseases each year, the country is in the midst of a lit tobacco crisis according to the World Health Organization, this despite huge rises in tax and graphic warnings on packets.
WHO spokesman Daniel Kertesz said he was ‘saddened’ by the reports adding:
Subsequent measures to increase the tax on cigarette purchases and scare prospective smokers by using graphic images of medical conditions caused by smoking have earned Thailand applause from the World.
Just one puff of smoke is enough to expose a person to several hundreds toxic chemicals that damage the lungs.
You can’t say that about ‘one puff’ on an e-cig…but don’t let the facts get in the way one might say…
For the record, Thailand has banned and criminalized vaping since 2014 with huge fines and even some tourists being jailed for using an e-cigarette.
As I mentioned in this week’s article: WHO Are UK Vaping Advocacy Groups Taking To Task?it’s no pretty obvious the WHO’s ant-vape stance is costing lives.
Where Governments have embraced vaping – smoking numbers have dropped…it’s that simple.