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"Foreigners against smoking ban" video hits the internet as authorities scurry to explain

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"Foreigners against smoking ban" video hits the internet as authorities scurry to explain

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable

 

The head of regional coastal resources rushed to Dong Tan beach in Pattaya yesterday as a "Foreigners Against the Smoking Ban" video hit the internet.

 

But despite people claiming that the ban would hit tourism, the chief was still adamant - smoke after February 1st and risk jail.

 

The video on the Facebook page of Sophon Cable TV has dramatic drumbeats and red lettering and begins saying that foreigners are "Anti" the smoking ban.

 

The word "anti" is transliterated directly into Thai language.

 

A man who appears to be a beach chair operator then says: "People just was want to have a drink and a smoke. They are asking why they can't smoke".

 

Then Thanet Mannoi, director of the Region 2 Department of Marine and Coastal resources says that he is there to work with the beach chair people and massage operators to help enforce the ban. He says they agree with it.

 

Then comes the big red lettering again promising a year in jail and a 100,000 baht fine for those breaking the law when it is enforced strictly from the start of February.

 

In another story on Sophon's page the chief insisted that his visit to the beach was to help people understand the reasons for the ban.

 

Meanwhile comment from Thais on the Sophon pages was - as in other social media - mixed. Some agreed wholeheartedly with hounding smokers away from beaches while others said that there were plenty of places on the beach to smoke so it shouldn't be a big problem.

 

Others said that the fines and jail term were ridiculously severe.

 

However, many said that Pattaya was very quiet with hardly any "farang" in town.

 

The message was clear that alienating visitors at a time when there are few may not be a good thing.

 

Source: Sophon Cable

 
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I was along beach road Pattaya yesterday and observed 3 jetski operators smoking on the beach, they were being discrete about it (not out in the open) and guess where they tossed the butts - under their foot into the sand.

 

I also observed piles of rubbish stacked up at various places along the footpath consisting of plastic bottles - plastic bags and general litter, what is it with Thais and litter, are they so used to it that they don't even see it, do they think someone else should be cleaning up after them like the tourists, are they so busy stuffing money in their pockets that they don't care about dirty litter ridden hovel they leave behind

 

I am wondering what will happen if they ever try to take someone to court for smoking on the beach and the court asks what offence was being committed against the environment since the person was using an ashtray and disposing of the waste correctly

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They are right, there aren't many foreigners in Pattaya and it is exactly this sort of stupidity that keeps them away. That and the cops extorting money, along with the thefts, assaults, crazy drivers and other aggravation. Cambodia is rammed with visitors I hear. I wonder why? :smile:

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The ban is not the real problem. The problem is we all know it won't apply to Thai's and secondly the penalty is higher than that for assault. 

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6 minutes ago, gandalf12 said:

The ban is not the real problem. The problem is we all know it won't apply to Thai's and secondly the penalty is higher than that for assault. 

And there is the rub of this whole affair. If we, foreigners, don't see any Thais being jailed and/or fined for this offense, we will continue to believe that this is just another way to get money from foreigners.

 

Given the penchant for Thais to smoke everywhere and ignore the laws, it is reasonable to expect to see at least 10 Thai people for every 1 foreign person caught, fined and/or jailed. Otherwise, the proof is in the pudding...

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Smoke all you like, but not on beaches, restaurants, public transport or hotel swimming pools and especially near children. Go back to where you came from if you don't like it and try it in your country. Thailand is their country, you are guests, behave like one, and it's about time they stuck to their guns on something at least, and yes I cannot stand cigarette smoke !

 

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17 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

Smoke all you like, but not on beaches, restaurants, public transport or hotel swimming pools and especially near children. Go back to where you came from if you don't like it and try it in your country. Thailand is their country, you are guests, behave like one, and it's about time they stuck to their guns on something at least, and yes I cannot stand cigarette smoke !

 

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Good for you, lots of people don’t like cigarette smoke. And lots of people don’t like spending a year in jail and losing ฿100,000 for making a mistake due to force of habit. I am a guest in this country, it’s true  - an invited guest. And although I don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke, if I invite someone into my house, I permit them, as an invited guest, to do as they would in their own home. As soon as the homeowners of the beach, the Thais, start spending a year in jail and paying ฿100,000 for lighting up, I will no longer complain about this new regulation.

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13 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

Smoke all you like, but not on beaches, restaurants, public transport or hotel swimming pools and especially near children. Go back to where you came from if you don't like it and try it in your country. Thailand is their country, you are guests, behave like one, and it's about time they stuck to their guns on something at least, and yes I cannot stand cigarette smoke !

 

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I would tend to agree but was there ever a big problem with people smoking on the beach ? Its like they are tackling a problem thats relatively minor. Its being presented as an environmental thing, clean up the pollution etc, not a public health thing. The Thai Gov is presenting it as the holy grail to fix beach pollution, yes its a contributing factor but minor in comparison to plastic and sewage.

If it was legislation for public health, second hand smoke etc, I would get it, but nobody seems to be putting it foward as that.

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53 minutes ago, noahvail said:

Good for you, lots of people don’t like cigarette smoke. And lots of people don’t like spending a year in jail and losing ฿100,000 for making a mistake due to force of habit. I am a guest in this country, it’s true  - an invited guest. And although I don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke, if I invite someone into my house, I permit them, as an invited guest, to do as they would in their own home. As soon as the homeowners of the beach, the Thais, start spending a year in jail and paying ฿100,000 for lighting up, I will no longer complain about this new regulation.

Before moving to Thailand two years ago (8 years in the planning) for retirement.

 

I knew that Thailand would have two sets of rules, one for farangs and one for Thai's, I can live with that, if I couldn't I would have to pack up my bags and go back to what I consider a worse life, even though you would be considered an equal.

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44 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

I would tend to agree but was there ever a big problem with people smoking on the beach ? Its like they are tackling a problem thats relatively minor. Its being presented as an environmental thing, clean up the pollution etc, not a public health thing. The Thai Gov is presenting it as the holy grail to fix beach pollution, yes its a contributing factor but minor in comparison to plastic and sewage.

If it was legislation for public health, second hand smoke etc, I would get it, but nobody seems to be putting it foward as that.

Nothing ever makes sense here in Thailand, I accept that, cigarette smoke is mild compared to the mornings here in Isaan where the smoke is thick from the night burning, but its part of the mentality that one has to adjust too, i.e. eat grass for breakfast and you will soon forget about the smoke outside.

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Far more effective would have been to just install ashtrays.

Far more beneficial would be to stop litter and build an effective drainage system instead of skimming off all the money.

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I gave up smoking more that 18 years ago Thank god I did or I am sure I would be in the grave by now

 

If you are so warred  about smoking then just quite The benefits are Huge

 

1. Never get fined on the beach

2. Lungs will improve  dramatically

3. Food and smell him be heightened

4. More girls will find you more attractive

5. your cloths will smell better

6. Increased possible income from not buying  cigarettes

7. Longer life

 

I can go on and on You can add more to this list but I think you get the idea

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Tourist to Pattaya Beach Authority Officer: "So, you are going to fine me 100,000 baht for smoking? Might as well add on the 500 baht for my fist in your face."

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