Thailand to ban smoking on 20 beaches to curb cigarette butt waste

Thailand to ban smoking on 20 beaches to curb cigarette butt waste

It follows an earlier statement that said environmental agencies had announced a 20 beach ban on smoking and littering that carry a fine of up to THB100,000 and/or a year-long jail term. Now, a popular tourist destination in Asia is trying a similar approach on a number of beaches-but with very different penalties.

The ban, which will come into effect next month, will apply to beaches in the provinces of Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla and included the popular resorts of Koh Samui and Pattaya, the Bangkok Post reported.

Department director-general Jatuporn Buruspat also said it was estimated that more than 100 million cigarette butts were left on the roads in the major cities of Thailand each day.

"To ensure tourists are aware of the smoking ban, we will erect signs with the ban announcements on the beaches of Phra Ae, Klong Dao and Klong Kwang", Wittaya Khunsan, chief of Krabi's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, said yesterday.

Beaches hit by the ban, effective from November 1, were found by inspectors to have been littered with thousands of discarded cigarette butts.

The study also found that cigarette butts formed one-third of all the wastes collected.

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On Patong beach alone, more than 138,000 cigarette butts were found in September. Cigarette butts in beach sand is a very serious issue faced by authorities in Thailand, and the new rule is expected to curb public smoking in the Thai beaches.

"Mr. Poropat added that Smoking will be banned on beaches, but a little further on the coast will be designated for Smoking, in which smokers can put the rubbish in special containers".

Thailand has been judged to have the sixth most rubbish-strewn sea in the world, a problem which needs to be tackled with proper legal measures, he said.

Mr. Poropat said that officials also talk about the measures aimed at solving the related problem of cigarette butts that tourists throw into the water from boats.

Thailand will host an global meeting on sea waste in Phuket on Oct 22-23.

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