Large Batch of E-Cigarettes Seized Near Schools


The special operations team from the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB), the Royal Thai Police, and other relevant agencies launched a major raid targeting e-cigarette retailers near educational facilities in the capital’s core, affecting five stores.

During the operation, authorities confiscated over ten thousand e-cigarette devices and refills in areas close to a well-known university in Ratchadapisek, as well as the Chatuchak and Wangthonglang districts. The devices, some of which are disguised as toys, are raising concerns due to their increasing popularity among students without their parents’ knowledge.

Highlighting the particular danger e-cigarettes pose to children and teenagers, Prime Minister’s Office Minister Puangpetch Chunla-ead said the government plans to intensify crackdowns and will establish a special task force dedicated to this issue. The decision follows previous enforcement actions that saw minimal arrests attributed to information leaks.

The OCPB, underscoring the illegal status of e-cigarettes, including their import, sale, or distribution, said the prohibition also extends to hookahs, electric hookahs, e-cigarettes, and related substances or e-liquid refills. Violators risk facing up to three years in jail, fines up to 600,000 baht, or both.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.