Study Shows Majority of Thai Parents Support Ban on E-Cigarettes


A recent study conducted by the Research Centre for Social and Business Development (SAB) has revealed that a majority of parents in Thailand support the existing ban on the import and sale of e-cigarettes.

The findings, presented at a seminar organized by SAB, indicate that 91% of the 5,582 respondents nationwide are in favor of maintaining the ban, citing concerns about the potential health risks to young people. The survey was given to 4,087 parents of students ranging from upper primary to high schools, along with teachers and school administrators.

The survey further highlighted that 80% of respondents were well aware of the adverse health effects associated with e-cigarettes. The same percentage also believed that e-cigarettes could serve as a gateway to illicit drugs. To address these concerns, experts from the Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre (TRC) made clear the need for collaboration between various government ministries and agencies to enforce the ban effectively.

The experts also called for awareness programs involving parents, teachers, and the media to educate the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The group went on to suggest incorporating anti-e-cigarette curricula in schools and instilling a strong social value against e-cigarette use among young people.

The support for the ban extends to organizations such as the Congress of Parents and Teachers in Thailand (CPTT) and The Royal College of Paediatricians of Thailand.

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.