The Director General of the Department of Marine Coastal Resources (DMRC), Chatuporn Burutpat, the man ultimately responsible for the recent beach smoking ban that has come into force on multiple beaches across Thailand.
Visited Patong Beach along with members of his team to inspect the smoking ban now in force there and the facilities put in place to accommodate those who smoke.
Patong Municipality has put in place 26 smoking areas along a three kilometre stretch of sand to provide smokers somewhere to light up.
Accompanied by Patong’s Mayor, Chalermluck Kebsup, the pair walked the famous beach and spoke with beach goers as well as vendors to inform them of the upcoming ban which will be officially enforced from February 1, 2018.
Patong is one of the 20 beaches where the trial smoking ban has been put in place thus far.
Currently due to the ban being enforced by the Department of Marine and Costal Resources the punishments are much steeper than some other fines for relatively minor offences with reports that violators could face up to 1 year in prison or a fine of 100,000 baht for lighting up on the sands.
The beach smoking bans will be in force on both Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches and have been met with mixed reviews online with many non-smokers welcoming the ban while others pointed out that there are other issues that warrant the officials attention more than those puffing away on beaches.
Source: Phuket Gazette
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