Thailand will fine tourists who smoke on the beach
Date: October 11,2017
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Thailand will fine tourists who smoke on the beach

Thailand is well on its way to confront with about one year imprisonment and also a 100,000-baht ($3850) if they are caught smoking on several beaches of Thailand.

The authorities would enforce the ban up to 20 Thai beaches from 1st November onwards after 138,000 cigarette butts were discovered on a 2.5 kilometre stretch of Patong beach located on the resort island of Phuket that is immensely favored by Australian tourists.
This ban is expected to be widened to cover all Thai beaches following a trial period.

The authorities are also thinking about banning smoke on tourist boats and passenger boats. The director-general of Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Jatuporn Buruphat have told reports that certain areas away from beaches would be designated for smokers.

In September images of a large pile of garbage including cigarette butts were found on a beach in a resort city of Pattaya that went viral on the Internet.

Thailand is home to some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in south-east Asia.

No wonder it imposes hefty taxes on cigarettes. Smoking in all air conditioned buildings is also banned. Non-compliant smokers are fined and cigarette packages must carry graphic pictures and warnings.

Authorities have also said that a large number of Thais also die from some-related diseases every year.

Thailand started introducing very stringent anti-smoking laws after a 1991 survey found that nearly 60% of Thai men were smokers.

Mr. Jatuporn said that the first beaches in this ban comprise Mae Pim, Cha-am, Haas Sai Ree, Pattaya, Patong, Koh Khai Nai, Koh Khai Nok, Jomtien, Bo Phut, Khao Takiab, Bang Saen and Laem Sing.

Nearly 800,000 Australians visit Thailand every year and this country accounts of about 10% of the nation’s economy.


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