The Public Health Ministry plans to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 years old to 20 years old.
The decision was reached during the meeting of the National Cigarette Control Committee Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit.
The move was seen as the toughest measure so far to discourage smoking among youths.
The meeting Wednesday also came up with several tough measures to control smoking.
Among other things, cigarette vending machines and online vending will be banned, Jurin said.