There has been some online backlash today (Thursday), soon after the government passed a new regulation which categorises tampons as a cosmetic product, making the product, which is a necessity for many menstrual women, now subject to 30% tax.
Over 430,000 tweets were made as of 9pm, bearing the Thai hashtag #TamponsWithoutTax, which is now among the top Twitter trends in Thailand, as the hashtag continues to gaining traction quickly.
“Why do women have to pay?” tweeted @hippoyayee, while the account @Jackhangu said “I am a man but I agreed with no taxes on sanitary napkins. I agree with free sanitary napkins for all women.”
The regulation, signed by Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul on June 29th and published in the Royal Gazette recently, only involves tampons, as a product designed to absorb blood and secretions by insertion into the vagina, and does not include sanitary pads, for which no insertion is required.
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