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New laws target people in Thailand who smoke at home

 

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Smokers in Thailand may soon be prosecuted for lighting up at home under new laws which will come into force on 20th August 2019.

 

The new laws, which were published in the Royal Gazette on 22nd May, aim to reduce the impact of second hand smoke on family members, particularly children.

 

People who smoke at home face being charged with domestic abuse if found guilty that them smoking has damaged the health of family members living at the same address.

 

Complaints about smokers can be made at Family and Protection Centres which are present in all provinces throughout Thailand. Cases will then be submitted to Juvenile and Family Courts.

 

If, for example, a family member develops a health condition such as asthma, a smoker who lives in the house faces being charged with domestic abuse.

 

The new laws were confirmed to Thairath by Lertpanya Buranabantit, director-general of the Department of Women and Family Affairs.

 

People commenting on a news report posted on YouTube by Spring News said it would be better to just ban smoking in Thailand altogether than attempt to enforce the new law.

 

 

This is the latest in a number of measures announced by the government to curb cigarette smoking in Thailand.

 

In February, it was announced that smokers are no longer allowed to smoke outside public buildings such as condos, offices, hotels, bars, restaurants and shopping malls.

 

Smokers can not light up within 5 metres of the entrances of public buildings. Doing so could mean a fine of up to 5,000 baht.

 

Also in February it was announced that smoking has been banned at six airports in Thailand.

 

Smoking rooms have been removed Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang airports, with smokers now only permitted to smoke in special smoking zones located outside terminal buildings.

 

Since February 2018, smoking has been banned at beaches in Thailand. Smokers can only light up dedicated smoking zones and not on the beach.

 

Over 10 million people in Thailand are smokers.

 

Health officials say smokers in Thailand face having their life expectancy cut short by about 18 years and that 72,000 people die from the effects of smoking each year.

 

The financial cost of treating people suffering from smoking related to diseases is about Bt220 billion annually, according to Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine.

 

However, tax revenue raised from cigarettes totals just Bt68.6 billion.

 

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The sale of cigarettes will remain unchanged! Dealers are immune!

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Don't drink. Don't smoke. Don't drive. Don't read certain newspapers. And don't forget your TM 28, TM 30, 90 day report, and records that you've kept 400,000 baht in your bank account all year long. You will need the money.

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1 minute ago, zydeco said:

Don't drink. Don't smoke. Don't drive. Don't read certain newspapers. And don't forget your TM 28, TM 30, 90 day report, and records that you've kept 400,000 baht in your bank account all year long. You will need the money.

 

But go out in the bkk pollution where nothing at all is being done.

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Why don't they enforce the anti smoking laws that are already in place but not enforced?More idle talk from a government that doesn't enforce most laws.

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Now this is getting far out of control. It is officially in the dictionary so I will write it... Asinine! 

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This hypocritical incursion of government interference into EVERY aspect of people's lives is getting ridiculous.

I am a life-long non-smoker. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke. But to start bossing people around in the privacy of their own homes is - well, there is a banned word for it, and it begins with the letter 'd' !

 

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The purpose of creating these laws is not to protect anyone.

 

The purpose is to give the government a broader spectrum of legal options to harass its enemies. For example, does anyone think that some Junta-friendly government functionary will ever face prosecution for smoking at home?

 

On the other hand, selective application of vague, obscure and subjective laws can become, at the very least, low-key but completely legal ways to attack and punish one’s enemies.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Hayduke said:

 

The purpose of creating these laws is not to protect anyone.

 

The purpose is to give the government a broader spectrum of legal options to harass its enemies. For example, does anyone think that some Junta-friendly government functionary will ever face prosecution for smoking at home?

 

On the other hand, selective application of vague, obscure and subjective laws can become, at the very least, low-key but completely legal ways to attack and punish one’s enemies.

 

 

Excellent point (above), Hayduke, which I had not thought of.

You are surely right. It is another weapon in the junta's armoury - to be used against anyone who dissents.

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I'm not a smoker.  I don't like cigarette smoke.  Seems to me, that Thailand is becoming more like America.  They are giving new meaning to the Nanny State.

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8 minutes ago, Samuel Smith said:

"People who smoke at home face being charged with domestic abuse if found guilty that them smoking has damaged the health of family members living at the same address.

 

If, for example, a family member develops a health condition such as asthma, a smoker who lives in the house faces being charged with domestic abuse."

 

Nothing to do with toxic air from burning, that gets inside the house...

Real courts of Law & Real Law practitioners

would piss themselves laughing at pursuing a conviction on such nebulous cause & effect assumptions

 

 

But hey don't let that stand in the way of a headlining Thai knee-jerk proclamation

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i don't recall reading anything about this nonsense before, did it come out of nothing?!

 

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Next, it will be: 'You may not, in any circumstances, breathe one word against the junta when at home. This is bad for the nation's health.'

Oh, I forgot: that is already effectively the law!

 

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I would hope they will soon ban nose picking in public especially restaurants. They are definitely getting way too intrusive with the new internet laws, the tell on your neighbor policy, the act too primp and proper at temples or else, on the internet if you show cleavage, and then you can only guess to name what next will be coming out of their twisted little pea brains telling everyone what to do. What I do in my house is my own business and they can A,B,C,D,E,_,G off.

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