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Smoking ban planned at 24 popular Thai beaches

  • Smoking ban planned at 24 popular Thai beaches

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.

Officials from the Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) have launched their campaign to inform beachgoers of the ban on smoking cigarettes at Patong Beach that came into effect from Nov 1. The event marked the start of a 90-day amnesty period before DMCR officials will start charging people for breaching Section 17 of the 2015 law on marine and beach resources management, which means that people caught smoking on Patong Beach after the 90-day amnesty may face a fine of up to B100,000 or even up to one year in jail for a breach of the act.

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