No smoking on Thailand beaches

13 Октября, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Valerie Burke
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The ban will first touch the 20 beaches of Thailand, but subject to the success of this event can apply across the country. The law stipulates the fine should not exceed THB100,000.

SMOKERS in Thailand face a year in prison if they light up on any of the country's 20 most popular beaches, in a crackdown on litter.

Beaches named included Bang Saen, Pattaya main bay, Jomtien near Pattaya, Chonburi Beach, Cha-Am Beach, Khao Takiab, Phetchaburi, Bo Phut Beach, Sairee Beach, Patong, Phuket, Samila Beach, Songkhla.

The Department made a decision to take action after the Andaman Coastal Resources Research and Development Centre recently found between 63,000 and 138,000 cigarette butts on a 2.5-kilometre stretch of Patong Beach.

Jatuporn said his department would soon expand the ban to cover every beach in the country and the department would also consider a smoking ban on passenger and tourist boats to prevent cigarette butts being dropped into the sea. Statistics also estimated more than one lakh cigarette butts in the island, which stretches up to 2.5 kilometers. "And then when the chemicals from the cigarette butts reach the water, it also releases cadmium, lead, arsenic and some acid from insecticide which are poison to the natural food chain".

Nabbing foreign tourists for throwing away cigarette buts and littering streets in Bangkok's tourist districts is a common sight.

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Boraphet noted that the ban will be introduced in the tourist areas in the heart of the Andaman sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Definitely, non-smokers will be rejoice as they will be able to sit on the seashore without having to remove cigarette buts from their swimming costumes.

Signs will be erected in three languages - Thai, English and Chinese. A local resident in Krabi, Bodin Klasamut, said if the ban took effect, the relevant authorities should make sure there were designated smoking zones.

The ban should become effective 1 November.

A global clean-up organised by U.S. charity Ocean Conservancy recovered 1,863,838 cigarette butts from beaches in 112 countries a year ago.

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