Today you need to be 20 to buy cigarettes

Today you need to be 20 to buy cigarettes

A sign is put up at the entrance to Wat Samian Naree in Bangkok to designate a space for smokers as the latest amendment to the tobacco control law goes into effect. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
A sign is put up at the entrance to Wat Samian Naree in Bangkok to designate a space for smokers as the latest amendment to the tobacco control law goes into effect. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

A toughened tobacco control law takes effect Tuesday, raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 20.

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Cigarette buying age raised to 20

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A toughened tobacco control law takes effect Tuesday, raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 20 and barring tobacco firms from indirect advertisements via corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

Welcoming the amended law regulating tobacco consumption, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said yesterday the 2017 Tobacco Control Act was designed to cut the number of teenage smokers while protecting non-smokers' health.

The stricter law was necessary to keep children from picking up the habit because tobacco firms had come up with sophisticated marketing strategies to entice young smokers, he said.

Once they have picked up the habit, smokers are at risk of being addicted to tobacco for life, he said.

Dr Piyasakol said the amended law was also intended to protect the health of non-smokers.

He said tobacco consumption poses major health problems and is a leading cause of illnesses and premature deaths, adding that over 50,000 people die yearly due to smoking-induced illnesses incurring economic losses estimated at 74.8 billion baht.

It is hoped the 2017 law will close loopholes in the 1992 Tobacco Products Control Act which was in place for 25 years, director-general of the Department of Disease Control Dr Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk said.

He said the amended version has introduced several elements the public need to know about to ensure compliance or they will be subject to legal action.

Under the law, the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes is raised to 20 while the minimum legal age for selling tobacco is 18.

The sale of tobacco is prohibited in temples or religious venues; hospitals, medical facilities and pharmacies; education institutes; and public parks, amusement parks and zoos.

He said the law bans the promotion of tobacco items, including indirect advertisements carried out in the name of corporate social responsibility activities.

People who light up in smoke-free areas will be fined 5,000 baht and those who supervise non-smoking areas are required to keep people informed of the restrictions and make sure there are no violations or they face a 3,000-baht fine.

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Vocabulary

  • addicted: unable to stop using or doing something - ซึ่งติดนิสัยในบางอย่าง
  • advertisement (noun): advert; a short piece of video or words with pictures that makes people interesting in buying some product - การโฆษณา
  • amended (adj): (of a law, document, agreement, etc.) having been change, especially in order to improve it - ที่ถูกแก้ไขเพิ่มเติม
  • amusement park: a large park which has a lot of things that you can ride and play on and many different activities to enjoy - สวนสนุก
  • at risk: in danger - ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
  • ban: to officially say that someone is not allowed to do something   - ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ
  • barring: not allowing someone to do something or go somewhere - ห้าม
  • come up with: to suggest or think of an idea or plan - คิดขึ้นมา
  • compliance: the practice of obeying a law, rule, or request - การยอมทำตาม
  • consumption: using, eating or drinking something - การบริโภค
  • CSR (noun): Corporate social responsibility; efforts by companies to help their communities or repair any environmental damage they may cause that go beyond what may be required by regulators or environmental protection groups บรรษัทบริบาล, การดำเนินกิจกรรมภายในและภายนอกองค์กร ที่คำนึงถึงผลกระทบต่อสังคมทั้งในองค์กรและในระดับใกล้และไกล - Corporate social responsibility; efforts by companies to help their communities or repair any environmental damage they may cause that go beyond what may be required by regulators or environmental protection groups บรรษัทบริบาล, การดำเนินกิจกรรมภายในและภายนอกองค์กร ที่คำนึงถึงผลกระทบต่อสังคมทั้งในองค์กรและในระดับใกล้และไกล
  • director-general: the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • economic (adj): connected with the trade, industry and development of wealth of a country, an area or a society - เกี่ยวกับเศรษฐกิจ, ในทางเศรษฐศาสตร์
  • element: an important basic part of something complicated, for example a system or plan - องค์ประกอบ, ส่วนประกอบ
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • entice: persuade someone to do something by offering them something pleasant - ล่อใจ
  • estimated: thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ
  • face: to (likely) have to deal with a problem - เผชิญ, พบ, เจอ
  • facility: a building used for a particular purpose -
  • fine: to be required to pay an amount of money because you have broken the law - ปรับเป็นเงิน
  • firms (noun): businesses or companies - บริษัท
  • habit: a thing that you do often and almost without thinking, especially something that is hard to stop doing - กิจวัตร, สิ่งที่เป็นนิสัย, สิ่งที่ทำเป็นประจำ
  • incur: to lose money, owe money, or have to pay money as a result of doing something - ประสบ, ได้รับ
  • indirect: happening not as the main aim, cause or result of a particular action, but in addition to it - โดยอ้อม
  • induce: to cause something, especially a mental or physical change - ทำให้เกิด
  • institutions: large and important organizations, such as universities or banks - สถาบัน
  • intended: planned; wanted to happen - ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
  • legal: allowed by the law - ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย
  • legal: relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
  • loophole: a small mistake in an agreement or law which gives someone the chance to avoid having to do something - ช่องโหว่ในกฎหมาย, จุดอ่อน, ข้อบกพร่อง
  • medical: connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
  • minimum: the lowest possible; the lowest allowed - ต่ำที่สุด, น้อยที่สุด
  • pharmacy: a shop where medicines are prepared and sold - ร้านขายยา
  • pick up (verb): to start doing something, like an activity or hobby - เริ่มทำ
  • pose a problem: to be a possible difficulty or danger - กระทำการซึ่งอาจก่อให้เกิดปัญหาต่อ
  • premature: happening too soon or before the usual time - ก่อนเวลาอันควร
  • prohibited (adj): not allowed; to banned - ถูกห้าม
  • promotion: activities done in order to increase the attendance at an event or sales of a product or service - การส่งเสริม
  • protect: to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc - ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • Public Health Minister (noun): the government minister in charge of the Public Health Ministry - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงสาธารณสุข
  • regulate: to control an activity officially by using rules - ควบคุม
  • religious (adj.): relating to religion, or to the beliefs and practices of a particular religion - เกี่ยวกับศาสนา
  • required (noun): forced to do or have something, especially because it is necessary according to a particular law or set of rules - ถูกบังคับ
  • restriction: a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม
  • sophisticated: complicated and advanced in design - ที่มีการออกแบบให้ซับซ้อน
  • strategies (noun): plans or methods for achieving something, especially over a long period of time - ยุทธวิธี, แผนการ
  • strict: demanding that rules are obeyed; very careful and exact - เข้มงวด
  • subject to: affected by - ได้รับผล
  • supervise: to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม
  • takes effect: to begin to be used or required - ส่งผล
  • toughen (verb): to make somebody/something stronger and more able to deal with difficult situations - ทำให้แข็งแรง
  • venue: the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่
  • version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น
  • via: through - ผ่าน (ช่องทาง)
  • violations (noun): the breaking of rules or laws - การฝ่าฝืน
  • zoo (noun): a place where many kinds of wild animals are kept for the public to see and where they are studied, bred and protected - สวนสัตว์
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