Pattaya Beach a big ashtray

Friday, 23 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By  Vittaya Yoondorn

Signs warning against throwing cigarette butts on Pattaya Beach aren’t doing much to deter smokers from using the shoreline as one big ashtray.

The signs warn of fines up to 2,000 baht for butting out on the beach, but no one actually enforces the law. Smokers apparently know that and have shown to fear in tossing their used fags to the curb.

Beach vendors complain cigarette butts are making their way into the drainage system, contributing to the city’s chronic flooding problem.

It’s up to police and municipal enforcement officers to put some teeth into the anti-littering campaign.

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  • Comment Link Friday, 23 November 2012 17:35 posted by Gerry Rasmus aka KOTO

    Aloha Baywatch

    It is so refreshing to know that The Pollution Solution Group has not been blowing against the wind, standing alone, on Jomtien Beach for the past 11 years.
    We have put up and handed out thousands, of informative posters in Thai and English, with pictures, we are now putting together posters in Russian, we have removed thousands upon thousands of Toxic Cigarette Butts from the gutters and beaches, also assisting 4 mothers this past 11 years, 3 of their babies chocking on a toxic butt, 1 on a bottle cap, fish also eat, some die and some we eat.
    Cigarette butts endanger children, wildlife and contaminate waterways and our soil.
    Imposing fines is the only thing that will work for the hardcore I don't care kind of smokers.
    There are many smokers that do care, understand the dangers and dispose of, properly.
    To many don't know or care, they need a wake up call and fines will do that.

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