Since November 2017, it’s been forbidden to smoke on twenty beaches in Thailand. This offense is punishable to a maximum of 100,000 Baht fine and one year in prison. We’ll explain what motivated this decision and where it applies.
Where does this measure apply?
This new law covers all the beaches of Pattaya, Jomtien, Phuket, Cha-Am, Hua Hin and Bang Saen, but also Pangnga, Songkhla, Mae Phim and Laem Singh.
Why the ban?
Recent scientific studies have shown that on every 2.5 kilometers of the Thai coast, there were an average of 100,000 cigarette butts, which is huge and extremely harmful to the environment as most beaches are home to unique and fragile ecosystems and marine life. Cigarette butts are the main source of pollution on the coast and Thailand in general. It’s estimated that every day in Thailand, more than 50 million cigarette butts are thrown out of ashtrays or garbage cans.
The main problem with the littering of cigarette butts is that when it rains, the toxic substances in cigarettes such as lead and tar are leaked into the environment, endangering coastal ecosystems.
This measure has been put in place because Thailand has been designated as the 6th largest polluter of the ocean globally. It’s therefore an opportunity to improve the image of the country with tourists, who have increasing concerns with environmental issues.