Since 3 Feb 2019, People Cannot Anyhowly Smoke Anywherely in Thailand

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Let’s be honest, 5,000 baht, or approximately SGD$216, is a lot of money.

Especially if you a a cigarette-toting person making his/her yearly pilgrimage to Chatuchak (CTC) in search of basement bargain deals.

For which SGD$216 may actually amount to your entire day’s budget going towards 47 dresses, 3 coconut ice-cream to fight the thirst, 2 bowls of boat noodles (there’s only two noteworthy ones in CTC; one chicken and one pork), 2 massages and maybe one miscellaneous snack of your choice ranging from Moo Ping to some of em’ quail eggs.

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If you don’t know what is CTC, here’s an image of it that will light(en) up your life.

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Anywayly, Thailand commercial aside, let’s get back to the issue at hand.

The 3 Feb smoking ban in Thailand.

First reported (or at least to me) by Thaiger in November last year, the ban has now been effected as of 3 February, and if you’re caught smoking in no-smoking zone, you can say goodbye to 47 dresses, 3 coconut ice-cream to fight the thirst, 2 bowls of boat noodles, 2 massages and maybe one miscellaneous snack of your choice ranging from Moo Ping to some of em’ quail eggs as the fine is 5,000 baht.

In a nutshell and according to World of Buzz:

“According to Thaiger, the Thai Public Health Ministry has announced that smokers cannot simply light up anywhere they want starting from February 3. This new rule means that smokers will have to be at least five metres away from any entrances or exits of any public buildings.”

Some of these non-smoking areas include (this is an in-exhaustive list):

  • Condos
  • Rental establishments
  • Pubs
  • Hotels
  • Religious buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Salons
  • Karaoke buildings
  • Laundries
  • Parking lots
  • Cinemas
  • Spas and Thai massage areas
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Swimming pools
  • Schools
  • Fitness parks
  • Markets
  • Bus stops

According to Thaiger, the regulation also specifies “precisely where internal smoking areas in buildings may be located.”

Same Same but Different and also Different Time

If this sounds familiar, there should be three reasons contributing to this sense of deja-vu. First up would be the ban on smoking eateries in Malaysia that took place on January 2019.

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