Friday, November 27, 2020

Thailand To Introduce Smoking Ban On 20 Beaches


Thailand is set to introduce a smoking ban on 20 of its most popular beaches.

The trial is to combat the increase in trash especially cigarette butts on the country’s beaches. A recent government survey found that Thai beaches have on average 0.76 cigarette butts per square meter/10 sq. ft. During the sample survey on one of the country’s most popular beaches, over 100,000 cigarette butts were found on a 2.5km/1.5-mile stretch of beach.

The ban will come into effect in November and will affect beaches including: Patong, Koh Khai Nai (Phuket), Hua Hin, Cha-Am, and Koh Khai Nok.

According to The Guardian newspaper, the government is bringing in the ban for two reasons: Firstly, discarded butts clog storm drains, increasing the risk of flooding. Secondly, when the discarded butts are buried under the sand they have a negative impact on the ecosystem of the beach and damage its delicate balance.

Anyone found guilty of violating the ban will face a fine of 100,000 baht (£2,285/$3020/2555 Euros) or a year in prison, or possibly both. The ban is being implemented on a trial basis and if successful will be rolled out to beaches across the country.

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Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!


  1. Sam Helmy:
    I am so glad to read about the ban that is going to take place in Thailand. I know that the smokers are all angry but they do not care how it is that the rest of us have to put up with their bad habits.


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