EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket Poll: How serious should the Patong Beach smoking ban be?

PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) last Wednesday (Nov 1) began their public-awareness campaign to inform tourists and local residents that from the beginning of February any persons caught smoking on Patong Beach may face a fine of up to B100,000 – or even up to one year in jail – under environmental protection law.

opiniontourismpatongpollutionenvironment
By The Phuket News

Monday 6 November 2017, 05:13PM


The heavy penalties for being caught smoking on Patong Beach have spurred a huge debate online. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The heavy penalties for being caught smoking on Patong Beach have spurred a huge debate online. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

So far the ban is to be introduced at 24 beaches in the country, but in Phuket only at Patong Beach. Until further notice, the ban is not to apply to any other beaches on the island, with DMCR Director-General Jatuporn Buruspat assuring The Phuket News that fines will be levied after a 90-day “grace period”, starting from Nov 1. (See story here.)

The heavy penalties have started a storm of debate online, with some people voicing their full support for the move, while others say the penalties are far too heavy for such an offense.

To this, The Phuket News asks readers, “How serious should the beach smoking ban be?”

Responses available in the poll are:

  1. I fully support the ban and the penalties. The ban with these penalties should be enforced at all beaches.
  2. I support the ban, but the new heavy penalties are outrageous. Police have for years already had the option of fining people B2,000 for littering.
  3. It’s ridiculous. There should be no ban on smoking at beaches at all.

To vote in the poll, click here.

Thailand Property Awards

The poll will run for two weeks, and close at midnight Sunday, Nov 19.

If your preferred response is not available, feel free to add it in the comments below.

To see the results of our previous poll, asking “Where should Phuket croc ‘Leypang’ go?”, click here.


If you have a suggestion for a poll, email execeditor@classactmedia.co.th with “Poll Suggestion” in the Subject line.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Kurt | 06 November 2017 - 19:35:41

Were is the balance?
Thai boat drivers ( protected job, for thai only) drop anchors at coral reefs, let tourists 'pluck corals'.
Very serious crime! How much is the fine?  500 thb? 
And NEVER prison time!

Who are going to enforce the non smoking law at the thai beaches?
Will be very interesting to see a tourist arrested for smoking ( by who?), with all the illegal thai beach vendors...

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

I see plenty of 'monkeys' around here that need sterilizing. Mostly they're driving cars...(Read More)


Phuket to hold mass merit-making event for Phoenix victims

Correct. I find all patriarchal myth religions to be offensive lies concocted to control women, mos...(Read More)


More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

Euthanize these monkeys. Animals do not care about death. I've stood right next to horses bein...(Read More)


Truck driver blames reckless tourist for motorbike slam

Why are men such careless drivers? Has anyone ever crunched the numbers on accidents? It seems that ...(Read More)


Motorbike rider killed in Phuket pickup ‘pull out’ manoeuvre

This pulling out to the left w/o looking is - to me, the most dangerous of all the bad driving pract...(Read More)


Phuket to hold mass merit-making event for Phoenix victims

It was a memorial service, no one made "merit". Stated goal -as you would have seen on the...(Read More)


More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

More next month??? Why did they stop with the sterilisation program they started in June?...(Read More)


More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

No need to swim from Koh Siray to Phuket.They can use the bridge.Apart from that Phuket is separated...(Read More)


Patong Police chief assures corruption officer suspects in exile, dissolves police volunteers unit

There is no one who has any confidence or trust neither the police or the volunteers in the Patong o...(Read More)