The new smoking cigarettes restriction in Thailand bars as well as dining establishments is in effect and also from what I have actually observed the regulation is being treated like any type of various other regulation in Thailand. What I suggest is, some facilities have already set up smoking locations, others say you have to smoke outside the restaurant or bar, and others are overlooking the legislation entirely.
The reason for neglecting the restriction can be that it will certainly not actually be applied for a couple of months. Rather than stiff penalties being issued, there will certainly be cautions as well as education and learning until the end of May, 2008.
Yet, then, the penalties will be high. If imposed, smokers can be fined 2,000 Baht (roughly $62 United States bucks) and also venue owners will be fined as much as 20,000 Baht (over $600 United States bucks).
This will require bench as well as restaurant proprietors to implement the regulation on their residential property. If the ban simply punished smokers, the facility owners would entirely ignore it.
This is absolutely nothing actually brand-new. Thailand has actually banned cigarette smoking in health centers, government buildings, and also train stations for a couple of years now. This is simply an extension of a currently existing legislation.
We have a comparable regulation in Hawaii. It is a bit more stringent in that we can not smoke within 50 feet of the door of the establishment. The legislation also offers fines for smokers and also bar and restaurant owners.
As a cigarette smoker, I was a little bit peeved initially at the legislation, but as time has actually gone by, it is actually immaterial. If I have to step outdoors to smoke it is no big deal.
I am currently visiting Khon Kaen, Thailand as well as head out almost nighttime. I haven’t been to any kind of bars but I have checked out quite a few dining establishments. One of my faves, La Mai, has actually set up a smoking area near the washrooms. Smile restaurant permitted me to smoke at the table. And, Bu-Sa-Ba dining establishment has a little, protected smoking area in the rear of the dining establishment.
So, between now and also May 31, ask your waitress or waitress if it is alright to smoke. If they have a cigarette smoking location established, please utilize it. If you have to go outdoors to smoke, such as at Kit’z COFFEE SHOP, then just rest at the table and have your cigarette.
I am not sure exactly how the significant tourist locations, Bangkok, Pattaya, as well as Phuket, are mosting likely to respond or what the impact on tourist will be. I would certainly guess that beginning on June 1, 2008, there will be a crackdown to reveal individuals that the government is severe about the ban.
So, if you are planning to see the Land of Smiles, and you smoke cigarettes, see to it to ask if it is ALRIGHT to smoke prior to you light up. Or else, you may have to pay very much.