The brand-new smoking ban in Thailand bars as well as dining establishments is in effect and from what I have observed the law is being dealt with like any other law in Thailand. What I mean is, some facilities have actually already established cigarette smoking locations, others claim you need to smoke outside the dining establishment or bar, and also others are neglecting the law altogether.
The reason for ignoring the restriction can be that it will certainly not truly be applied for a number of months. As opposed to stiff fines being released, there will certainly be cautions and education up until the end of May, 2008.
Yet, then, the penalties will certainly be steep. If applied, cigarette smokers can be fined 2,000 Baht (approximately $62 United States dollars) and venue proprietors will be fined up to 20,000 Baht (over $600 US dollars).
This will compel the bar and also dining establishment owners to enforce the legislation on their property. If the restriction simply penalized cigarette smokers, the facility owners would totally overlook it.
This is nothing truly brand-new. Thailand has banned smoking in medical facilities, federal government structures, as well as train terminals for a few years now. This is just an extension of a currently existing regulation.
We have a comparable law in Hawaii. It is a little bit extra stringent because we can not smoke within 50 feet of the door of the facility. The legislation also supplies fines for smokers as well as bar as well as restaurant proprietors.
As a smoker, I was a little bit peeved initially at the regulation, but as time has passed, it is really no big deal. If I need to tip outdoors to smoke it is immaterial.
I am currently going to Khon Kaen, Thailand and also head out almost nighttime. I have not been to any type of bars yet I have actually seen quite a few restaurants. One of my favorites, La Mai, has established a cigarette smoking location near the restrooms. Smile dining establishment permitted me to smoke at the table. As well as, Bu-Sa-Ba dining establishment has a tiny, covered smoking location in the rear of the dining establishment.
So, between currently as well as May 31, ask your waitress or waitress if it is alright to smoke. If they have a smoking cigarettes area established, please use it. If you need to go outside to smoke, like at Package’z Café, after that just sit at the table and have your cigarette.
I am uncertain just how the major visitor areas, Bangkok, Pattaya, as well as Phuket, are going to react or what the effect on tourism will be. I would guess that starting on June 1, 2008, there will be a crackdown to show people that the federal government is severe regarding the restriction.
So, if you are preparing to see the Land of Smiles, as well as you smoke cigarettes, make certain to ask if it is OKAY to smoke before you light up. Otherwise, you might need to pay a lot.