It seems that the recent beach smoking ban which actually came into effect on Pattaya beaches back on November 1st isn’t going to well, and since it won’t be enforced until February of next year is it any surprise.
A meeting was held at Pattaya City Hall announcing that since the ban started a total of 56,000 cigarette butts had been found on Dongtan Beach.
Despite the rather shocking number of cigarette butts discovered Thanet Mannoi a representative from the Department of Coastal Resources who instigated the ban was upbeat about the city’s response to the new ban on puffing away on the sands.
According to reports by Sophon Cable TV Thanet said although officials were initially slow to act here in Pattaya after the announcement of the ban but they are now doing a great job.
Smoking areas have been established and both the beach vendors and the general public have been made increasingly aware of the ban.
Best not to get caught smoking on the beach once the ban begins to be enforced from February however as reports state violators could face fines of 100,000 baht and or one year in prison leading to some people online calling the penalties “ridiculous.”
Source: Sophon Cable TV
Content: Love Pattaya Thailand