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War on smokers: Smoking outside condos, public buildings officially BANNED

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War on smokers: Smoking outside condos, public buildings officially BANNED

 

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Picture: Sanook

 

Thailand's continuing war on smokers has been ratcheted up a notch. 

 

From now on exclusion zones for smokers will extend several meters from the entrances to buildings.

 

Smokers will no longer be able to just step out the door onto the street and enjoy a cigarette. 

 

The new measures were proposed back in 2017 and have come into force on Sunday. Public health officials were at Chatujak weekend market on Saturday in a public information and awareness drive. 

 

Smokers will not be able to light up within five meters of entrances or exits of virtually any public buildings.

 

It refers to buildings in both the public and private sector and includes offices, schools and hospitals.

 

In addition all parks, markets and bus stops are smoke free zones. 

 

No smoking is allowed inside any public buildings or vehicles.

 

The exception is that government offices and state premises, universities and airports can still designate a smoking area on their sites within strict rules. 

 

Sanook said that Thai authorities were carrying out a concerted effort to ensure the rules are known and enforced. 

 

Source: Sanook

 

 

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10 minutes ago, webfact said:

Sanook said that Thai authorities were carrying out a concerted effort to ensure the rules are known and enforced. 

 

Yeah, right, sure they are. 

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So you can't drink when you want, you can't smoke when you want and many more things you can't do in Thailand. Well done thailand. 😯

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This is becoming more and more ridiculous!

...no...I am not a smoker!

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I can see a resurgence of chewing baccie

maybe smokers will be sauntering around with unlit ciggy  in mouth... just for the taste of it? (making sure no lighter nor matches in their pockets) to be caught out with no presumption of intent!   

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This new attack on smoking is part of the plans for reduction of air pollution. It is hilarious. Just how effective will this effort be? Instead of going after the chief causes they are going after smokers - an easy target. And no, I am not a smoker.  

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I don't think this is a bad idea (I was a smoker and still occasionally am 😖). 

 

The one massive problem is mentioned in the final paragraph. The rules won't be clear or enforced in any consistent way. 

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A couple years ago smokers were blamed for clogging up drains leading to flooding so it follows that that the current rancid air quality is also their fault more great work from the ministry of overkill🤔

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1 hour ago, Bluespunk said:

Yeah, right, sure they are. 

im sure a fair share of unsuspecting tourists will be nabbed

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To be fair, most buildings in the private sector already have designated smoking zones away from general areas. This seems to work better for both parties, the non smokers as they do not have to walk through the haze and the smokers as they can sit in a designated areas etc

 

Believe it or not most smokers are conscious of their smoke going over other people (amazingly even between two smokers) so i am sure this will be welcomed by smokers as well.

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1 minute ago, smutcakes said:

To be fair, most buildings in the private sector already have designated smoking zones away from general areas. This seems to work better for both parties, the non smokers as they do not have to walk through the haze and the smokers as they can sit in a designated areas etc

 

Believe it or not most smokers are conscious of their smoke going over other people (amazingly even between two smokers) so i am sure this will be welcomed by smokers as well.

Even in restaurants I tend to ask if someone mind I smoke a cigarette, as well as if there is a designated smoking area 🙂 Smoking is my bad habit, don't want to push it to anyone else 🙂

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9 minutes ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Yesterday for lunch I was at an outdoor Thai restaurant when a filthy Chinese lit up in the restaurant and proceeded to walk out. A few of the patrons caught the vapours of his filthy habit including myself and the missus. 

 

No-one should be subject to the disgusting habits of others. 

 

This is excellent news and hope it is actually enforced solidly. 

 

Well done Thailand.

Yeah...ahm...I don't drive a car, but I am subjected to the fumes and the danger everyday!

Now, I suffer because of polluted air!

 

So...I want everybody to stop driving!

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Really? You know burning anything is banned since January but all my neighbors are doing it. MY mother in law called police 3 days in the row, eventually they showed up. Talked to the guy and left, after 5 mins he started a new fire right near my house. 

Sure rules are enforced. 

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17 minutes ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Yesterday for lunch I was at an outdoor Thai restaurant when a filthy Chinese lit up in the restaurant and proceeded to walk out. A few of the patrons caught the vapours of his filthy habit including myself and the missus. 

 

No-one should be subject to the disgusting habits of others. 

 

This is excellent news and hope it is actually enforced solidly. 

 

Well done Thailand.

Would that be a cigarette in yer hand father ?  

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