$3,000 fine, jail for smoking on beaches in Thailand, warns Omani Embassy
People travelling to Thailand need to be extra cautious while smoking on beaches, the Omani Embassy in Thailand has said.
The Omani Embassy in Thailand stated through its Twitter account that the Thai government has banned smoking on some its beaches starting from November.
The Omani Embassy has said that the fine for violating the rule can go up to US$3,000 and a prison term for up to a year. So the embassy warns Omani residents there as well as travellers to Thailand to be cautious.
The ban is being trialled on 20 beaches in the provinces of Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla, including Koh Samui and Pattaya, according to the Bangkok Post .
It will be uniformly adopted across all of Thailand’s beaches if the trial is successful.
The move follows a recent survey of litter on Patong beach in Phuket visited by millions of foreign tourists every year.
The survey found an average of 0.76 cigarette butts per square metre in a sample area, which would amount to 101,058 butts on the 2.5km-long stretch of sand.
The survey was undertaken by the country’s department of marine and coastal resources, which described it as a serious problem.
Discarded cigarette butts accounted for a third of rubbish collected by the department.