It seems that the use of electronic-cigarettes and vapes will be illegal on Thai beaches well at least Phuket’s Patong beach as officials have said they are the same as smoking and will be included in the recent beach smoking ban that came into effect.
Offenders who puff away on beaches could face up to 1 year in prison and or a fine of up to 100,000 baht according to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMRC) who are enforcing the ban on multiple beaches across the kingdom.
Using and selling e-cigarettes and related items is already illegal in Thailand and many foreigners have been caught out by the rule.
Watcharin Thintalang the Director of Phukets DMRC noted that vaping will also be illegal on the beach as well as conventional smoking but people could vape in designated beach smoking areas along with the other smokers without breaking the beach smoking law, however it would still be illegal under national Thai law to use e-cigarettes.
Watcharin noted officials will start enforcing the new beach smoking law from February 1 next year once the 90-day amnesty has ended. For the time being officials will be running public-awareness campaigns to warn beachgoers of the new ban which actually came into for on November 1.
Smoking shelters have already been put in place along the beach in Patong ahead of the ban people are being encouraged to start using them if they want to light up.
Content: Love Pattaya Thailand