Pattaya lights fire under smoking ban PR effort

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Wuthipol Charoenpol, Supaporn Cherdchaiphum, and Sretapol Boonsawat have met with beach vendors, tourism officials and city workers to outline the Anti-Smoking PR campaign.
Wuthipol Charoenpol, Supaporn Cherdchaiphum, and Sretapol Boonsawat have met with beach vendors, tourism officials and city workers to outline the Anti-Smoking PR campaign.

Pattaya has launched a full-scale public relations blitz to educate vendors and tourists about Thailand’s ban on smoking on the beach before it is enforced Feb. 1.

City Secretary Wuthipol Charoenpol and public health chief Supaporn Cherdchaiphum met Nov. 22 with beach vendors, tourism officials and city workers to outline the PR campaign.

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has implemented a smoking ban on 20 of the country’s beaches, including Pattaya and Jomtien.

This is all due to massive amount of cigarette butts being collected from public beaches and research confirms they could be harmful to the environment. The ban was to take effect Nov. 1.

Under the new law, smokers could be fined up to 100,000 baht and even a year in prison.

However, public backlash and unpreparedness by local officials forced the government to backpedal and postpone enforcement of the ban until Feb. 1.

Pattaya clearly was unprepared to do anything about smoking on the beach, failing to erect any signage on any beach.

Authorities will spend the next two months getting ready. However, acknowledging the criticism of the ban, Pattaya is seeking permission to zone an area of each local beach as a smoking zone. Approval is pending.

  • Robert

    No criticism accepted. One rule for all areas of beach front. If smokers are crowded into a single area that stretch of beach will be a sewer. While you are at it triple the tax on cigarettes and give the proceeds to the provincial hospitals throughout the kingdom.

    • Mr. Hesky

      don’t like smoke,eh Robert.

  • Joseph Devine

    Next you have to eliminate the smoking from inside the bars & restaurants…it’s disgusting to try & eat a meal or have a cold beer & then have to endure second hand smoke! I’m also tired of coming home, & having my clothes & hair smell like cigarette smoke, not to mention suffering the smoking induced congestion to my breathing due to my inflamed nostrils closing down. The way to enforce the law is not to punish the smokers…I understand them as I used to be one…they are merely the addicted victims of the smoking industry…The way to enforce the law is to punish the bar & restaurant owners who allow smoking inside their establishments via stiff fines & jail time!

    • Paul Young

      You are correct its everybody that suffer when people smoke

  • Don Aleman

    Smokers contribute a very significant amount, globally, thru excessive taxes & fees as well as employ millions in the growing/processing/delivery industries yet are treated as scum while, also globally,no one criticizes the obese who cost untold/unreturned BILLIONS of dollars/have no taxes and inconvenience all of the non obese. If we all quit tomorrow, many community services/educational facilities/jobs would perish. Why not accommodate us as you do the fat/disabled since we pay our bills and many of yours as well

    • Paul Young

      Reply because smoking causes offence to others in the vicinity of the smoker Thailand should ban smoking from all public places

  • Rise

    Clean beaches ” what a dream 😁