Global Epidemic

Thailand

Consumption

  • Approximately 27 percent of the population in Thailand use some form of tobacco: 46 percent of men and 9 percent of women use tobacco.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 12 percent smoke cigarettes and 8 percent use tobacco products other than cigarettes.

Health Consequences

  • In 2006, an estimated 76,000 Thais died from tobacco-related diseases.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 68 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 49 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes.

Tobacco Industry

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) dominates the tobacco market in Thailand. TTM is a state-owned enterprise and is the only domestic tobacco producer in Thailand. In 2008, TTM held 67% of the total cigarette market. Philip Morris International ranked second with a market share of 27 percent, followed by British American Tobacco (3 percent), and Japan Tobacco (0.5 percent.) In Thailand, more than 38 billion cigarettes were sold in 2008.

FCTC Status

Thailand ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 8, 2004.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For the latest data regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, packaging and labeling, and taxation and price, download the Thailand Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet.

Updated: April 2014