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No smoking on Thailand beaches

No smoking on Thailand beaches

The ban will first be imposed on 20 popular beaches in places such as Hua Hin, Pattaya and Patong starting in November.

Thailand's Thai language daily, Thai Rath, broke the story saying Hua Hin's city authorities would introduce a THB2,000 fine on beach goers who throw their cigarette butts on the seashore.

"To ensure tourists are aware of the smoking ban, we will erect signs with the ban announcements on the beaches of Phra Ae, Klong Dao and Klong Kwang", Wittaya Khunsan, chief of Krabi's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, said yesterday.

Jatuporn said he made a decision to take action after the Andaman Coastal Resources Research and Development Centre found in a recent survey that there were anything from 63,000 to 138,000 cigarette butts on a 2.5-kilometre stretch of Patong Beach. There is a 2.5-mile stretch, the inspectors found about 138 thousand cigarette butts, with an average of 0.76 of cigarette butts per square meter.

Thailand bans Smoking on beaches throughout the country.

Thailand is to ban smoking on some of the country's most popular tourist beaches, with the prospect of up to a year in prison for those caught lighting up, according to reports by local media.

All other beaches were expected to be included into this ban in the future, he said.

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Anyone found to be breaking the law will face one year in jail or a maximum 100,000 baht (S$4,080) fine, or both.

Buruspat added that while smoking will be prohibited on the beaches affected by the measure, there will be "designated areas" further inland where smokers will be able drop their litter "in provided containers".

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Mae Pim, Laem Sing, Bang Saen, Cha-am, Khao Takiab, Bo Phut, Haad Sai Ree, Patong, Pattaya, Jomthien, Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai are among the 20 beaches where smoking will be banned.

Officials are also looking into the issue of tourists dropping cigarette butts from boats.

Thailand has been judged to have the sixth most rubbish-strewn sea in the world, a problem which needs to be tackled with proper legal measures, he said.