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”.