From next month it is forbidden to smoke on one of the twenty selected popular beaches in Thailand. If you smoke, you can get a fine of 100,000 baht (€ 2500) or you will be in prison for a year.
According to the authorities, the big problem is that smokers also throw away their bulbs on the coast. For example, a day-to-day nature organization found nearly 140,000 cigarette remnants on a stretch of 2.5 kilometers of beach in Phuket. The responsible public service does not mean that tourists stay away because there is a smoke ban at once. “People go to the beach to relax. They are happier if they are not disturbed by smokers”, said a spokesman.
There are special smoking areas for non-cigarette users.