Thailand Smoking Ban Enters Into Effect


The new smoking ban in Thailand bars and also restaurants is in effect and also from what I have actually observed the legislation is being treated like any other legislation in Thailand. What I indicate is, some facilities have actually already set up cigarette smoking locations, others claim you need to smoke outside the restaurant or bar, as well as others are neglecting the law entirely.

The factor for disregarding the restriction could be that it will certainly not actually be enforced for a couple of months. As opposed to stiff penalties being released, there will certainly be cautions as well as education and learning until completion of May, 2008.


Yet, then, the penalties will be steep. If imposed, cigarette smokers can be fined 2,000 Baht (around $62 US dollars) and location owners will be fined as much as 20,000 Baht (over $600 United States bucks).

This will force bench as well as restaurant proprietors to implement the law on their property. If the restriction simply penalized cigarette smokers, the facility proprietors would entirely ignore it.

This is absolutely nothing actually brand-new. Thailand has actually prohibited cigarette smoking in hospitals, government buildings, as well as train terminals for a couple of years currently. This is just an expansion of a currently existing regulation.

We have a comparable legislation in Hawaii. It is a little bit more strict in that we can not smoke within 50 feet of the door of the facility. The regulation likewise gives fines for cigarette smokers and bar and restaurant owners.

As a cigarette smoker, I was a little bit peeved originally at the regulation, however as time has passed, it is really no big deal. If I have to step outside to smoke it is no big deal.

I am presently seeing Khon Kaen, Thailand and also go out nearly every night. I haven’t been to any bars yet I have visited numerous dining establishments. One of my favorites, La Mai, has actually set up a smoking cigarettes area near the bathrooms. Smile dining establishment enabled me to smoke at the table. And also, Bu-Sa-Ba restaurant has a tiny, protected smoking location in the back of the restaurant.

So, between currently and May 31, ask your waiter or waitress if it is alright to smoke. If they have a smoking cigarettes area set up, please use it. If you have to go outdoors to smoke, such as at Set’z COFFEE SHOP, then simply sit at the table as well as have your cigarette.

I am not sure how the significant traveler locations, Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket, are going to respond or what the influence on tourist will be. I would guess that starting on June 1, 2008, there will be a suppression to reveal individuals that the federal government is serious concerning the restriction.

So, if you are planning to check out the Land of Smiles, and you smoke cigarettes, make certain to ask if it is OK to smoke prior to you brighten. Or else, you might need to pay a lot.

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