THAILAND: Alcohol advertising ban hit by delays - report

By | 30 November 2006

The impending total ban on alcohol advertising in Thailand in all forms of media has been delayed, according to local reports.

Thai newspaper The Nation said today (30 November) that the ruling by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was initially scheduled to begin on 3 December. The country's Council of State has postponed the move by 30 days, however, while it reviews the FDA's mandate to bring in the ban.

Dr Kittisak Klabdee, the acting Public Health permanent secretary was cited as saying that the council will accept the review results, whatever they are.

Meanwhile, Thailand's cabinet yesterday approved the Public Health Ministry's proposed Alcohol Control Bill, the paper said. The bill bans all forms of alcohol advertising, with limited exceptions like live broadcasts from abroad, the paper said. Breaches of the ban in print, television, radio, digital and outdoor media would carry a penalty of up to one year in jail, a maximum fine of THB100,000 (US$2,785) or both.

The bill also bans alcohol sales to youths below the age of 20 and people who already appear heavily intoxicated. Alcohol sales via vending machines are also prohibited, with offenders facing up to one year in jail, a maximum fine of THB20,000 or both.

Moreover, the bill does not allow any promotional activities for alcohol sales. The bill prescribes a six-month prison term and a THB10,000 fine as maximum penalties for this offence.

Those selling alcohol on days prohibited by official announcements face up to six months in jail, a maximum fine of THB10,000 or both.

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