Smoking ban on Pattaya-area beaches begins Nov. 1

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The smoking ban on Pattaya’s beautiful beaches will take affect from November 1 onward.
The smoking ban on Pattaya’s beautiful beaches will take affect from November 1 onward.

PATTAYA – Not only can you no longer buy a beer on Pattaya’s beaches, you can’t light up either.

Mayor Anan Charoenchasri announced Oct. 10 that Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has implemented a smoking ban on 20 of the country’s beaches, including Pattaya and Jomtien.

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

Other beaches on the banned list are Bangsaen and Tham Pang on Koh Si Chang, Mae Phim in Rayong and Laem Sing in Chanthaburi. The ban is expected to be widened to all public beachfronts eventually.

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

  • Sally Sally

    Has the government thought about providing smoking areas for smokers behind the beach area with appropriate disposal containers for butts? If not then I can assure you that people will smoke in sneaky ways to avoid the smoke police.

  • Marcin

    100.000 where did they get this amount from lol getting better and better in the land of hm well not smiles

  • cdnski12

    This Anti Smoking ban will just about finish off the Pattaya Tourist Trade. No movement on banning Septic Systems, Agricultural Waste Water or strewing garbage all over Pattaya.

  • atravlr

    Is walking on the sidewalk considered part of the beach? If not the beach smokers will be crowding the sidewalk even more.