If you want to travel to Thailand, you should leave your electronic cigarettes at home. 31-year-old Cécilia Cornu from France knows what she’s talking about. Because of the e-cigarette with which she was caught on the paradise island of Phuket, her dream vacation turned into a real nightmare.
In Thailand, the e-cigarette has been banned since 2014. The reason for this is that the government thinks that it encourages young people to smoke. All e-cigarettes found by Thai agents are confiscated and the owner can get a fine, or even end up in prison for up to 10 years. Cécilia had to deal with the worst scenario of those two.
The young woman, from a small town in the south-east of France, spent two days in the seaside resort of Karon when she was stopped by four policemen with her fiancée on their scooter. “They immediately took the e-cigarette I had in my hand. At first they asked more than 40,000 baht ($1.5k) in cash, but I refused, “she explains.
Then she was taken to the police station. Her passport was also taken away. Eventually Cécilia was sentenced to a fine of $30 a week later. Her parents, however, had to cough up $10k in costs to lawyers, court costs and the police.
Cécilia believed at that moment that the nightmare was over, until she was stopped again on the eve of her return to France. When she wanted to pick up her passport, she was surprised to hear that she would be transferred to Bangkok to be deported. Upon arrival in the Thai capital, she immediately had to go to jail for four days. After that she was released and put on a plane to France.
The young woman vows to never again go to Thailand.
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