Thailand has banned smoking on its beaches - should Britain do the same?


It begins next month and, if successful, will be uniformly adopted across all of Thailand's beaches.

It follows an earlier statement that said environmental agencies had announced a 20 beach ban on smoking and littering that carry a fine of up to THB100,000 and/or a year-long jail term. 'No more lighting up while strolling along the beach because that is most likely to end up with a huge number of cigarette butts being dropped on the beaches'.

The ban, which will come into play in November, will affect 20 beaches including Patong, Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nai (Phuket); Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Khao Takiab (western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan); Pattaya, Jomtien, Bangsaen (eastern province of Chonburi) and Samila (Songkhla city).

The Marine and Coastal Resources Department said in a recent survey of it was found that anything between 63,000 to 138,000 cigarette butts on a 2.5-kilometre stretch of Patong Beach were retrieved. On the roadsides across Thailand, the estimate runs to more than 100 million cigarette butts.

The discarded butts made up a third of the rubbish that was collected. "And then when the chemicals from the cigarette butts reach the water, it also releases cadmium, lead, arsenic and some acid from insecticide which are poison to the natural food chain".

Now the patrols are about to migrate to the beaches a happy hunting ground for fine ticketing wielding police.

Definitely, non-smokers will be rejoice as they will be able to sit on the seashore without having to remove cigarette buts from their swimming costumes.

This comes after a travel agent warned tourists not to vape in Thailand as they could face up to 10 years in prison. "For these and other reasons, the Thai authorities determined that banning smoking on those beaches was necessary".

Signs will be erected in three languages - Thai, English and Chinese.

Even though smoking is going to be banned in these islands, there will be specifically designated areas where people can smoke.