Smoking ban planned at 24 popular Thai beaches
Smoking will soon not allow on some of Thailand's beaches since huge numbers of discarded cigarette butt constantly found littered, according to the chief of Marine and Coastal Resources. The ban is to be introduced at 24 of most popular beaches in the country, but in Phuket it is limited only at Patong Beach. Considering Phuket an examination of just 9 sqm of Patong Beach reported by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources’ Phuket Marine Biological Centre on the last Sept 9 found an average 0.76 butts per sqm. This translated into 101,058 butts along the 2.5km beach.