Today Thailand’s Department of Marine and Costal Resources signed the order in connection with public and private sector members to outlaw smoking on many of Thailand’s beaches.
Surasak Kanjanarat, Thailands minister of Natural Resources and Environment was present at the signing of the agreement to outlaw smoking on the beach with the exception of designated smoking areas which were pictured before in the news and met with mixed reviews.
Surasak stated that cigarette butts littering the kingdoms beaches had become one of Thailand’s biggest environmental concerns.
He said that filters discarded in cigarette butts contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals which can leech into the water and damage the marine ecosystem as well as become harmful to people.
The smoking ban will come into effect on a total of 24 beaches in 15 provinces, including Pattaya and Jomtien.
Local authorities are being asked to make tourists aware of the new regulations which they do not believe will have an adverse effect on tourism.
Smoking will not be completely banned, smokers will be permitted to puff away in special areas.
It was reported that the new regulations will now come into effect from the start of February 2018.
Source: Thai visa
Content: Love Pattaya Thailand