Thailand is an island with many amazing white sand beaches, historic places, temples displaying the figures of Buddha. It is full of natural places to visit and explore. Recently, overtourism and other tourist behaviors have been disturbing the peaceful ecosystem of Thailand.
THAILAND TOURISM AUTHORITY- SMOKING BANNED
The tourism authority of Thailand is reminding the tourist about the smoking ban in public places/areas. This move by the authority aims for a safe, clean and smoke-free environment for all. The smoking ban across the country on the beaches was introduced back in November 2017. This was a sustainable step by the tourism authorities. This ban was also introduced in 2014. So that the people must know that electronic cigarettes, shisha smoking, and electronic shishas are also illegal in the country.
The reason the tourism authority is reminding visitors is that there have been recent incidents of travelers who were unaware of the rules breaking the law and being faced with on-the-spot fines or being arrested.
Travelers are advised not to carry e-cigarettes, shisha equipment or even that ‘juice’ that is used for shisha and smoking activities. If they are caught with such items, it will be considered as an illegal move. Outdoor places where smoking has been banned include exercise or sports training facilities, sporting and competition venues, public parks, zoos, amusement parks, children’s parks, and markets.
As a result of these measures, Thailand has become one of the world’s forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from almost all indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and public transport.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is advising travel agents or tour operators to ensure that their clients are aware of the ban, especially at airports, sports complexes, and tourist attractions nationwide. Six airports operated and managed by the Airports of Thailand were declared no-smoking zones from 3 February, with all smoking rooms inside the terminals closed.