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Video: Bus stops or even fishbowls - welcome to Thailand's beach smoking areas

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Video: Bus stops or even fishbowls - welcome to Thailand's beach smoking areas

 

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A Facebook video showed what the smoking areas at Thailand's beaches will look like - and no one could make up their mind if they looked like bus stops or even the infamous "fish bowls" of yesteryear.

 

Either way they could be quite useful for just keeping out of the rain if you don't mind health complications from second hand smoke.

 

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But at least sense appears to have prevailed regarding fines - 2,000 baht could be the most smokers would have to "cough up".

 

Channel 3 reported that there were to be 10 such 'booths' along the stretch of Bang Saen beach to allow smokers top have a puff without annoying others or threatening the sandy ecosystem.

 

Yesterday chief of marine and coastal resources Jatuporn Burutphat, who came up with the plan to ban smoking on Thai beaches, made a tour of inspection with a few dozen of his smiling entourage.

 

Jatuporn was panned last week when it was announced that you could go to jail for smoking on the beach. Now signage at Bang Saen at least showed that offenders would only be fined 2,000 baht.

 

Jatuporn inspected the smoking areas - fitted with extractor fans - and then spied several butts on the beach.  Cigarette butts that is.

 

Feeling vindicated after all the unwelcome criticism he showed his minions the dirty butts that doctors say.....well he never did quite finish his sentence but we are sure the butts are dangerous.

 

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Meanwhile down in Hua Hin daily news reported that a survey done by local marine and coastal resources chief Banyarak Sermthong showed there were 100,000 butts all over the Hua Hin sands.

 

They did a survey to a depth of ten centimeters that revealed the extent of the problem.

 

Officials from the municipality were also busy preparing signage about the ban for Hua Hin and Cha-Am.

 

The signs will be in Thai, English, Chinese and even Arabic.

 

No mention was made if there was a coordinated approach to the fines

in both Hua Hin and Bang Saen or elsewhere.

 

Twenty beaches Thai-wide have been chosen to pilot the scheme that may later be expanded to all beaches in the kingdom.

 

D-Day for the new regulations is November 1st.

 

Source: CH3, Daily News

 
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it's not even on the beach, so they have banned smoking off the beach as well, who makes this stuff up

 

Beach = sand

 

Instead of simply providing ashtrays and bins for people to put their waste and anyone caught littering (enforcing the law) fine them 

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46 minutes ago, webfact said:

Yesterday chief of marine and coastal resources Jatuporn Burutphat, who came up with the plan to ban smoking on Thai beaches, made a tour of inspection with a few dozen of his smiling entourage.

 

I am quite sure that his "entourage of a few dozen" are smiling at all the fines they are going to collect and pocket.

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Samui Bodoh said:

 

I am quite sure that his "entourage of a few dozen" are smiling at all the fines they are going to collect and pocket.

 

 

 

I wonder does he realise actually realise how many people are laughing at him

 

so do these banns apply to the Islands where they hold the full moon parties - if not why not lol

 

I was at a Thai beach not far from Pattaya yesterday and they were all puffing away on the beach - I even saw a number throwing their butts into the sand

 

Yes people are going to stand in these plastic ovens that are "OFF" NOT ON THE BEACH  and smoke 

 

someone needs to take this man to one side and have a quiet word in his ear or transfer him to something more suitable like shovelling sand LMAO

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Hearing that fines will be 2,000, not 100,000 and a year in jail is the only bit of common sense in this story. To expect people to stand in a greenhouse and sweat their tits off while having a ciggie is nuts. A couple of good sized ashtrays, with a "smoking area" sign would have been far more appropriate, less costly and less comical.

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Maybe they could also have a booth like this for anyone

who wants to drink on the beach.....A smokers booth and a drinkers booth....

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Great Ideas! Just makes me want to travel to a place and try this little boef out. Looks quite comfy.

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If they would only put a toilet in the booths then some one could use the crapper and have a smoke at the same time....

2 birds killed with one stone...

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2 hours ago, smedly said:

it's not even on the beach, so they have banned smoking off the beach as well, who makes this stuff up

 

Beach = sand

 

Instead of simply providing ashtrays and bins for people to put their waste and anyone caught littering (enforcing the law) fine them 

It looks like somebody's idea for tackling greenhouse gas emissions

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Will they end up as shelters for taxi mafia?

Or just neglected rundown structures.

 

 

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