Thailand decides on new stringent laws. In the next month, a smoking ban will be introduced on 20 popular beaches. Those who smoke, risk a year’s imprisonment and thousands of baht in fines. So watch out for the winter holiday.

About 35 million people visit Thailand every year. Tourists, especially with their cigarette butts, contribute to the general mess of the beaches. Cigarette butts make up 30 percent of the total debris and a calculation at Patong Beach in Phuket showed that there were more than 100,000 discarded cigarettes over 2.5 kilometers.

Time to clean up

Subsequently, the Thai authorities have decided to introduce smoke bans on 20 of the country’s beaches from November, Bangkok Post reports. Tourists who do not comply with the new law, risk up to one year’s imprisonment and/or fines up to 100,000 baht.

“Smokers will be required to drop their cigarette butts in provided containers before they enter these beaches. No more lighting up while walking along the beach because that is most likely to end up with a huge number of cigarette butts being dropped on the beaches,” explains Marina Department Manager, Jatuporn Buruspat.

Four provinces, Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla, have agreed to participate in the project.

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