Cha-am beach still littered with cigarette butts despite smoking ban

Officials from the Department of Marine and Costal Resources said that despite imposing a smoking ban on Cha-am beach there are still cigarettes littering the sands.

A survey of the beach was conducted on October 16 and 17 after a ban was imposed on smoking at the beach as a trial before the planned ban on smoking on 20 of Thailand’s beaches comes into effect on November 1.

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Results from the two day survey at Cha-am beach in Phetburi showed that the number of cigarette butts found in a square meter area had fallen by 62 percent.

Under the new rules to come into effect from November 1, smokers will be asked to dispose of their cigarette butts before stepping out on to the sand.

A statistic was released stating that over 100 million cigarette butts are# thrown out on roads each day in Thailand which can lead to blocked drainage pipes and toxic chemicals leaching into the water supply damaging the food chain.

Officials are currently working on outlawing smoking on the beaches permanently once the ban has been published in the Royal Gazette.

The fines have been spoken about a lot recently due to their severe nature where violators could face up to a year in prison and or a fine of 100,000 baht.

Officials also surveyed beaches at Hua Hin and Khao Ta Kieb before evidence was put together to back up the new law.

Both Pattaya and Jomtien are among the 20 beaches where the new smoking ban will come into force on November 1.

Source  : T้hai PBS

Content : LovePattayaThailand

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