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 of Marine and Coastal Management Office 4. Mr Bannarak explained that the ban covers no smoking on the beaches and no littering of cigarette butts or cigarette packets on the beaches. However, he noted that in the initial stage, violators would be warned instead of being fined or slapped with imprisonment. Besides Cha-am beach, Phetchaburi deputy governor Natthawut Petpromsorn said, in the future, more beaches in the province such as Chao Samran beach would be declared no-smoking zones. Meanwhile, Mr Sripetch Inpanthang, vice mayor of Cha-am municipal, said the municipal would arrange for 50 smoking points along the 5.5-km Cha-am beach so that smokers would have their exclusive zones to smoke.  He added that more smoking points would be added in the future. The 24 smoke-fee beaches are: 1.Ban Cheun Beach, Trat 2.Laem Sade Beach, Chanthaburi 3.Saeng Chan Beach, Rayong 4.Bang Kaen Beach, Chon Buri 5.Tham Pang Beach, Chon Buri... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Smoking ban at 24 beaches in 15 coastal provinces takes effect on Feb 1, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Smoking ban at 24 beaches in 15 coastal provinces takes effect on Feb 1





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Published By: Thai PBS NETWORK - Friday, 26 January, 2018



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