Pattaya Beach a big ashtray

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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.