Smoking ban on beaches


Dear Editor:

I have read with interest the various articles about the upcoming ban on smoking on Pattaya and other beaches, fines for disobeying, etc.

I just wonder if the law will be enforced or end up being like so many other Thai laws, like “no smoking” in enclosed bars and restaurants. Originally, no smoking signs were posted but owners continued to allow smoking. Currently, the signs are down and ashtrays provided. If you were on walking street and reported a violation to the tourist police, they would just shrug and ignore you.

If I were to add the non-enforced traffic laws, the list would be endless. And I’m sure there are several out there who would say, “If you don’t like it, leave”.


  • Dana

    Regarding smoking (of cigarettes)–nobody ever mentions the litter. As if smokers have the right to pollute the world that we live in. Someday climbers summiting Everest will see cigarette butts on the ground.

    • Chris

      I agree that a lot of smokers are disgusting and think that throwing their butts on the floor is acceptable, I personally find this deplorable.
      I am a smoker but have no problem with smoking being banned from the beach as why should other people have to breathe in my smoke. On the butts on the floor issue incidentally I always carry a small travel ashtray with me and smoke my cigarettes where there is not other people around, I do not see what the hardship is for all smokers to do similar.