There will be a complete ban on smoking on twenty popular beaches across Thailand from November 2017. The penalty for smoking will be either one year in prison or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht (US$3,000) or both. The twenty beaches included are in Pattaya, Bangsaen, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Phuket, Samui, Phang Nga and Songkhla. If the campaign is successful, more beaches will be included in the smoking ban.
The smoking ban is due to people discarding cigarette butts on the beach. During a recent beach clean-up on Patong Beach in Phuket, it was estimated that there were 63,237 – 138,879 cigarette butts per 2.5 km of beach.
The following list of beaches in Thailand will have a smoking ban from November 2017.
- Rayong: Mae Pim beach
- Chanthaburi: Laem Singh beach
- Choburi: Bangsaen, Pattaya and Jomtien beaches
- Phetchaburi: Khiri Khan and Khao Takiab beaches
- Surat Thai: Bo Phut beach on Samui
- Chumphon: Sai Ree beach
- Phuket: Patong beach
- Phang Nga: Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai beaches
- Songkhla: Simila beach
- Krabi: Phra Ae, Klong Dao and Klong Kwang beaches