Thailand to Ban Smoking on 20 Tourist Beaches from November

Thailand to Ban Smoking on 20 Tourist Beaches from November

Hold that smoke! Come next month, smokers caught flouting the smoking ban in Thailand’s beaches may be fined and imprisoned.

Soon, smoking will be banned in up to 20 beaches in Thailand including those in the country’s popular beach destinations such as Phuket and Krabi.  

This news comes after the country’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) announced that they collected 138,000 cigarette butts along a 2.5-kilometre stretch of Phuket’s Patong Beach.

According to the head of DMCR, Jatuporn Buruspat, there will be “designated areas” for smokers further inland.

This ban will kick in next month in the provinces of Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla, and if successful, it might be expanded to all beaches in Thailand. 

Those who violate the ban might face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to 100,000 baht (USD 3,000).

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