It was reported by Daily News that the coastal resources department was still threatening severe penalties for anyone caught smoking on the beaches where their recent smoking ban had been imposed.
While it was stated that local authorities are taking a “softly, softly” approach to enforcing the new regulations it was pointed out that the new legislation does allow authorities to charge offenders with high fines or a prison sentence.
It was initially reported that the smoking ban would come into effect yesterday on 20 beaches across Thailand, including Pattaya and Jomtien beaches, however there seems to be a lot of confusion over the new laws start date.
Many news agencies reported that the relevant authorities had signed the order to make the ban official yesterday, however in the reports it stated that the ban would not come into effect until February 2018 leaving many smokers unsure where they can and cannot smoke at present.
It was reported by Daily News that smoking is currently banned on Bo Phut beach in Koh Samui and Koh Tao beach in Koh Pangan where people must put out their cigarettes before stepping onto the sands.
They said if they didn’t violators could face fines of up to 100,000 baht and or a year in prison.
Beach hotels reportedly have already removed ashtrays from tables on the beach and already begun advising guests that smoking is not permitted on the sands.
With all the confusion over the ban perhaps smokers should exercise extra caution around sandy areas until officials make up their mind over what the penalties actually are and when the ban comes into place.
Source: Thai visa
Content: Love Pattaya Thailand