Duty free shops in Thailand will be forced to remove tobacco products from open shelving and display, according to comments by a senior health official to the Bangkok Post.
Saman Phutrakul, Chief of the Department of Disease Control's Tobacco and Alcohol Control Unit is quoted as saying that the open display of cigarette cartons is deemed to be advertising which is against a new law which was brought in last September.
Thai authorities have been cracking down on all retailers who openly display tobacco products and last year it forced the convenience store operator CP 7-Eleven to remove tobacco products from open display in all of its shops.
The main duty free retailer in Thailand is the King Power Group which operates duty free stores at the international airports of Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.
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