Smoking ban at 24 beaches in 15 coastal provinces takes effect on Feb 1

Starting February 1, Cha-am beach and 23 other popular tourist beaches in 15 coastal provinces will be declared no-cigarette zones and anyone caught smoking, littering cigarette butts or discard cigarette packets on these beaches will face one-year imprisonment and/or 100,000 baht in fine. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources’ ban against smoking on the beaches was announced in the Royal Gazette on last Nov 2 and will become effective on Feb 1. The department decided to impose strict measures against cigarette smoking and littering of cigarette butts and packets on the beaches in 15 coastal provinces after it was discovered that substantial amount of cigarette butts and discarded cigarette packets were among garbage littered on beaches. When soaked in water, cigarette butts and cigarette packets will release toxic substances such as cadmium, lead and arsenic acid into the sea which will affect food chain, said Mr Bannarak Sermthong, director...


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