No smoking at Thai beaches
BANGKOK: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) strongly supports Thailand’s decision to ban smoking in its popular beaches next month to decrease litter and pollution.
“We are very pleased with this news and we urge the government to be strong in the enforcement, monitor the compliance and impose penalty strictly,” said Dr Domilyn Villarreiz, Seatca’s Smoke-Free Programme manager and secretary-general of Smoke-Free Cities Asia-Pacific Network (SCAN).
The ban would include 20 beaches in the provinces of Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla, Koh Samui and Pattaya.
Those caught smoking on beaches where it is prohibited could be fined up to 100,000 baht (RM12,700)or face imprisonment for up to a year.
The Marine and Coastal Resources Department found between 63,000 and 138,000 cigarette butts on a 2.5kmstretch of Patong Beach, Phuket.
Cigarette butts accounted for a third of all beach waste collected by the department.