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Smokers heading outside the front of buildings in Thailand for a quick cigarette will soon be a thing of the past. New laws have been enacted that will shortly come into force.

New regulations have been issued by the Department of Public Health which will force smokers to stay well away from public buildings and public areas. The ban will include people smoking outside café and restaurants.

There will be a five metre perimeter exclusion zone from the entrances or exist of all public buildings.

This includes condos, rental buildings, pubs, hotels, religious buildings, karaoke establishments, restaurants, laundries, salons, cinemas, parking areas, spas, areas for Thai massage, clinics, hospitals, schools, swimming pools, fitness parks, clinics and ‘other places’, according to Thai Rath. The regulations also specify precisely where internal smoking areas in buildings may be located.

The new regulations will come into force in 90 days of this latest announcement.

Other regulations, coming in within 180 days, refer to permissible wording that can be used on cigarette packets. Language such as “low tar”, “classic”, “women” and “sexy” will not be allowed.

People flouting the new regulations will be fined 5,000 baht.

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/no-more-smoking-in-public-in-thailand

 

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Was fined once on Sukhumvit for smoking....threw a cigarette butt in a drain hole...since then always been careful...trying to quit by the end of the year....hope not to have problems anymore in BKK ( and with my wallet and health as well ) I spend almost $ 3.000 a year in this poisoning me

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Do people still ignore it to some extent inside the ladyboy bars?  I remember a few guys lighting up regardless when they were indoors when the ban initially came in.  

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52 minutes ago, seven said:

They fine you for that? Or for littering?

I read once that they get you either way.  If it’s on the ground they get you for littering,  if they see it going into a drain hole they have you for blocking public drains.  It was a readers letter on Stickman at the time, replies said the cops follow farang smokers around the area waiting for them to drop the butt and then fine them.

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51 minutes ago, bumblebee said:

I read once that they get you either way.

Ah , right, that makes sense. TIT.  I'm getting one of them ashtrays with a lid to carry with me, but i'm sure the  BiB can find a way to clamp down on that too.:biggrin:

Thanks, BB.

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