Government in Thailand wants to end pollution and drain damage on Thai beaches caused by discarded cigarette butts. “Cigarettes have a direct effect on the natural environment,” director general Jatuporn Buruspat told to media. “The butts clog the drains contributing to floods.
When the cigarettes stay under the beach sand for a long time, it also negatively affects the eco system. And then when the chemicals from the cigarette butts reach the water, it also releases cadmium, lead, arsenic and some acid from insecticide which are poison to the natural food chai,” he explained. Thailand will ban smoking on some of the country’s most popular tourist beaches.
Patong beach in Thailand
The ban will become in November for 20 beaches including Patong, Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nai (Phuket); Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Khao Takiab (western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan); Pattaya, Jomtien, Bangsaen (eastern province of Chonburi) and Samila (Songkhla city). After some time, the ban is expected to be enforced on all Thai beaches, as well as on passenger and tourist boats. Anyone found to be breaking the law will face one year in jail or a maximum 100,000 baht (£2,285) fine, or both. A survey of litter on Patong beach, Phuket, found an average of 0.76 cigarette butts per square metre in a sample area.For the instant not a such estimation were made, but stressing smokers tourists could have on the other part an economic impact for country’s economy.