With 3 weeks until beach smoking ban, Pattaya steps up education effort

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Mayor Anan Charoenchasri and top deputies were on hand at the Thepprasit Community Primary Public Health Center to educate people on the smoking ban, which passed into law last year but will not be enforced until Feb. 1.
Mayor Anan Charoenchasri and top deputies were on hand at the Thepprasit Community Primary Public Health Center to educate people on the smoking ban, which passed into law last year but will not be enforced until Feb. 1.

PATTAYA – With less than a month before authorities start fining or even jailing tourists who smoke on Thailand’s beaches, Pattaya continued its awareness campaign at a mobile health clinic in Jomtien Beach.

Mayor Anan Charoenchasri and top deputies were on hand at the Thepprasit Community Primary Public Health Center Dec. 29 as nurses from the city’s Public Health Department provided free checkups, dental checks, vaccinations and counseling.

At the same time, officials educated participants on the smoking ban, which passed into law last year but will not be enforced until Feb. 1. They handed out pamphlets and let residents know that smoking is banned on the sand, but allowed near the restrooms and in designated areas.

Once enforced, the law could see smokers fined up to 100,000 baht and spend a year in jail.

  • Cynical Tourist

    I know that Vaping is ‘illegal’ in Thailand but does anyone think they will now try and enforce this to? I am pretty discreet and never had a problem before.

  • Stuart51

    Haven’t smoked for 46 years! But, been coughing my heart up for over a week now, due to a heavy dose of second hand smoke in a crowded restaurant – but only about an hour!

    How about make restaurants smoke free?

  • cdnski12

    While I am very Anti Smoking myself; I’ve never been bothered by smokers on any Jomtien Beach. The Municipality would be better served by stopping pollution entering the Sea on a massive scale. One can see human feces floating off Jomtien Beaches. Do something about that.