Tobacco giant lobbies Thai authorities to reverse vaping laws

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Leading Thai cigarette importer Philip Morris Trading desires the model new government and policymakers to start talking with the tobacco business to find constructive options to lowering harm brought on by smoking.
The tobacco big is hoping the model new government will think about innovative “smoke-free products” (vaping) for people who smoke, who would otherwise continue smoking.
Cut to the chase – Philip Morris, under assault from bad PR and a long time of regulation fits, are now swinging their product traces around to e-cigarettes and vaping, as a substitute of flamable cigarettes
Thailand has banned the import, sale and servicing of e-cigarettes since 2014, with violators facing arrest and a jail sentence. Philip Morris need the law modified so they can swing cigarette smokers over to a vaping habit instead.
Gerald Margolis, managing director of Philip Morris Thailand, says the company wished to name on the federal government to make method for a dialogue that is backed by findings about the influence of smoking and encourage policymakers to evaluation scientific proof indicating that smoke-free products are a safer alternative to cigarettes and will considerably reduce risks as quickly as people who smoke change fully to e-cigarettes (which Phillip Morris additionally produce).
“With current developments in know-how and science, it’s a great opportunity that we could get away from some ideological dialogues that we have had up to now and have extra talks about reality and science instead to assist create a smoke-free future in Thailand.”
Philip Morris International, together with its sister organisation in Thailand, is working to create a smoke-free environment by planning to completely discontinue the manufacturing and distribution of combustible cigarettes and replace it with smoke-free merchandise as soon as attainable, based on Margolis.
Since Surge , Philip Morris has invested more than 1.8 trillion baht to develop smoke-free products or “heat-not-burn” cigarettes that remain well beneath the purpose of combustion when lit.
Scientific research has found that the first source of hurt from smoking comes from dangerous chemical compounds within the smoke from a burning cigarette, not the nicotine that’s consumed.
In the previous, the tobacco firm held common discussions with the Commerce Ministry and Excise Department to share its scientific outcomes and studies on different products, nevertheless it by no means held face-to-face meetings with public health companies.
Margolis mentioned moves to chop down on tobacco-related hurt and promote smoke-free products was mostly profitable in international locations the place scientific findings were shared with and embraced by public health businesses, and corporations like Philip Morris have been allowed to share related data with shoppers so they could be taught in regards to the merchandise and their advantages.

Gerald Margolis, managing director of Philip Morris Thailand

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