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Seven Pattaya pubs flouting smoking bans and promoting alcohol consumption



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The Thai authorities have warned the public they will be fined 5,000 baht if they light up cigarettes or e-cigarettes in pubs and bars. 


And they have told the pub owners they will be fined 50,000 baht for allowing smoking and face more trouble for advertising alcohol and offering cut price drinking deals. 


Thailand has strict rules on lighting up in public and advertising alcohol consumption. These are under increasing scrutiny in the Covid-19 era.


Daily News reported that DPM and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul - famous for his outbursts against "dirty" non-mask wearing "farangs" and higly publicised flouting of his own regulations - sent in his health authorities to ensure that the post lockdown Covid-19 regulations were being followed at entertainment venues and places of prostitution throughout the whole country. 



Picture: Daily News


In Pattaya they were not. 


A team of alcohol and smoking groups headed by infectious diseases expert Dr Suwannachai Wattanacharoenchai found seven pubs brazenly flouting the smoking ban and alcohol promotion laws in Pattaya on Friday night. 


He urged both the public and bar and pub owners to follow the rules so there will not be an increase in Covid-19 cases. He stressed that people should not let down their guard.


Smokers can be fined 5,000 baht under Article 42 and bar owners 50,000 baht under Article 43.


Regarding alcohol, pubs and bars in Pattaya were advertising drinking with cut price and special deals. This is a no-no in Thailand.


The authorities are gathering information for prosecutions. 


Dr Suwannachai said people can call 1422 for further information on what is and is not allowed. 


Source: Daily News



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54 minutes ago, Thaiwrath said:

Another <deleted> draconian measure.

Elsewhere in the modern world, competitors in many businesses reduce prices to try to get a larger share of the market, and it works, because competition is usually good for business.

However, this is a no-no in backward Thailand, and it's unelected leader. 

The alcohol control law that bans these practices came into effect in 2008. Who was the 'unelected leader' at that time.



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7 minutes ago, Thaiwrath said:

Beer promotions, as in buckets, but one get one free, happy hours etc., were not banned in 2008, and were used by many bars to attract custom, up until the mild Covid outbreak earlier this year.

I don't know where you got your information from ?    

From the alcohol control act 2008.

selling alcoholic beverages by discount as sales promotion was banned.

(Section 30)

Yes was a common practice but did not make it legal.


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