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Tobacco Products Control Act, 2017

July 4, 2017
COMMENTS: The Tobacco Products Control Act of 2017 will replace both the Non-Smokers Health Protection Act of 1992 and the Tobacco Products Control Act of 1992. Once in effect, the Tobacco Products Control Act of 2017 will be the primary law governing tobacco control. An updated legislative analysis will be made available soon.
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Consumer Protection Board Order No. 9/2015 on Prohibition of Sales and Service of Hookahs, Electronic Hookahs, and Electronic Cigarettes, Smoking Materials for Hookahs, and Liquids for Filling Electronic Hookahs and Electronic Cigarettes

February 18, 2017
Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.
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Ministry of Public Health Notification (No. 18) B.E. 2558 (A.D. 2015) on Criteria, Procedures and Conditions for Displaying Statements About Dangers and Hazards of Consuming Tobacco Products on Cigarette Labels

September 29, 2015
COMMENTS: Ministry of Public Health Notification No. 18 (2015) prescribes ten statements required to appear on 60% of the side panels of cigarette packaging. These statements replace those previously issued under Notification of the Ministry of Public Health No. 16 (2011).
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Notification of the Ministry of Commerce Prohibition of Importing Hookah, Electronic Hookah, or Electronic Cigarettes into Thailand

December 24, 2014
Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.
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Ministry of Public Health Notice of Rules, Procedures, and Conditions for the Display of Images, Warning Statements, and Contact Channels for Smoking Cessation on Cigarette Labels, 2013

September 23, 2014
COMMENTS: The Ministry of Public Health Notice of Rules, Procedures, and Conditions for the Display of Images, Warning Statements, and Contact Channels for Smoking Cessation on Cigarette Labels, 2013 establishes new graphic health warnings and other packaging and labeling requirements, including warning labels that cover 85% of the two principal display areas. This Notice was set to take effect 180 days following the publication of the Notice in the Government Gazette – October 2, 2013, but litigation brought by the tobacco industry delayed the effective date of the legislation until September 23, 2014.
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Ministry of Public Health Notification (No. 17) B.E. 2555 (A.D. 2012) on Criteria, Procedures and Conditions for Displaying Pictures, Statements Relating to Warning on Harm and Contact Channels to Quit Tobacco on Labels of Shredded and Blended Shredded Tobacco

August 5, 2013
COMMENTS: Ministry of Public Health Notification No. 17 (2012) specifies the requirements of the four graphic health warnings to appear on packages of shredded and blended shredded tobacco. Shredded tobacco is typically used for hand-rolled cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. This notification repeals the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health dated May 30, 2007.
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Ministry of Public Health Notice (No. 16, A.D. 2011) of Rules, Procedures, and Conditions for the Display of Statements Concerning Toxins and Carcinogens on Cigarette Labels

January 24, 2012
COMMENTS: The Ministry of Public Health Notice (No. 16, A.D. 2011) updates the statements on toxins and carcinogens to be displayed on tobacco product packaging. The Notice introduces ten new statements to be printed on side panels of cigarette unit and outside packaging. It also requires the text to cover at least 60% of each side panel. However, this Notice has since been repealed by Ministry of Public Health Notification No. 18 (2015).
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Ministry of Public Health Notice (No. 15, A.D. 2011) of Rules, Procedures, and Conditions for the Display of Words or Statements that Might Cause Misunderstanding or Encourage Consumption on the Labels of Cigarettes, Cigars, Loose Tobacco, or Flavored Loose Tobacco Governed by the Tobacco Products Control Act of 1992

December 21, 2011
COMMENTS: The Ministry of Public Health Notice (No. 15, A.D. 2011) prohibits the use of words and statements on tobacco product packaging that may be misleading. Specifically, the Notice prohibits words or statements that might cause consumers to believe that certain tobacco products are less dangerous than others. In addition, words or statements that may encourage consumption are prohibited. This Notice expands upon the words and statements that were prohibited under the previous notice passed in 2006.
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Regulation of Department of Disease Control on How to Contact Tobacco Entrepreneurs and Related Persons B.E. 2553 (2010)

December 17, 2010
Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.
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Ministry of Public Health Notice (No. 19) of 2010: Designation of Names and Types of Public Places that Shall Protect the Health of Non-Smokers and Designating All or Part of Such Public Places as Smoking Areas or Tobacco-Free Areas, Under the Non-Smokers' Health Protection Act of 1992

June 28, 2010
COMMENTS: Ministry of Public Health Notice (No. 19) of 2010 prohibits smoking in all indoor public places, indoor work places, public transport (with the sole exception of international airports), and some outdoor places.
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Ministry of Public Health Notice of Rules, Procedures, and Conditions for the Display and Content of Cigarette Labels, 2009

March 30, 2010
COMMENTS: This law has been superseded by the Ministry of Public Health Notice that came into effect on September 23, 2014. We are providing the law here for informational purposes only.
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Notification of the Ministry of Public Health B.E. 2550 (A.D. 2007) Re: Criteria, Procedures and Conditions for Displaying Pictorial Labels and Statements of Warning on Harm of Tobacco Issued under the Tobacco Products Control Act B.E. 2535 (A.D. 1992)

May 30, 2007
COMMENTS: Notification of the Ministry of Public Health B.E. 2550 specifies the size, content, format, placement, and rotation of health warnings for loose, shredded, or rolling tobacco. This notification has since been repealed by Ministry of Public Health Notification No. 17 (2012).
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Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 13) 2550 (A.D. 2007) Re: Criteria, Procedures and Conditions for Displaying Pictorial Labels and Statements of Warning on Harm of Cigars Issued under the Tobacco Products Control Act B.E. 2535 (A.D. 1992)

March 28, 2007
COMMENTS: Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 13) 2550 specifies the size, content, format, placement, and rotation of health warnings for cigars.
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Ministry of Public Health, Directive Procedures for Distribution of Tobacco Products

September 24, 2005
COMMENTS: Ministry of Public Health, Directive Procedures for Distribution of Tobacco Products prohibits the display of tobacco products at point of sale, except at duty-free shops for persons leaving Thailand.
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Ministry of Public Health Announcement (No. 8) B.E. 2547 (2004) on Rules, Procedures and Conditions of Cigarette Labelling and Label Content According to the Tobacco Products Control Act B.E. 2535

January 19, 2005
Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.
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Ministry of Finance Letter to Permanent Secretary of Public Health Repealing the Permission to Import Chewing Tobacco

September 4, 1992
COMMENTS: This letter from the Ministry of Finance notifies the Ministry of Public Health that it is no longer permitted to import, sell, or produce chewing tobacco.
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Non-Smokers Health Protection Act, B.E. 2535 (1992)

April 7, 1992
COMMENTS: The Non-Smokers Health Protection Act, B.E. 2535 (1992) is the primary law governing restrictions on smoking in public places, work places and public transport. The law authorizes the Minister of Public Health to designate places where smoking is prohibited or restricted to designated areas, and to specify criteria for designated smoking areas.
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Tobacco Products Control Act, B.E. 2535 (1992)

March 29, 1992
COMMENTS: The Tobacco Products Control Act, B.E. 2535 (1992) is the primary law governing packaging and labeling of tobacco products and tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. It imposes a ban on most forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, with a few exceptions, and authorizes the Minister of Public Health to promulgate regulations specifying criteria for packaging and labeling.
To the best of our knowledge, all laws provided here are in effect as of April 25th 2017, unless otherwise noted.
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