The brand-new smoking restriction in Thailand bars and also restaurants holds and from what I have actually observed the regulation is being treated like any various other regulation in Thailand. What I suggest is, some establishments have actually already established cigarette smoking areas, others claim you have to smoke outside the dining establishment or bar, and others are disregarding the law altogether.
The factor for disregarding the restriction might be that it will not truly be enforced for a number of months. Instead of rigid penalties being issued, there will certainly be cautions and education and learning up until the end of May, 2008.
But, after that, the fines will certainly be steep. If applied, smokers can be fined 2,000 Baht (roughly $62 US dollars) and location owners will be fined approximately 20,000 Baht (over $600 US dollars).
This will certainly compel the bar as well as restaurant owners to impose the regulation on their property. If the ban just punished smokers, the facility owners would entirely disregard it.
This is absolutely nothing actually brand-new. Thailand has banned smoking cigarettes in health centers, federal government structures, and also train stations for a few years currently. This is just an expansion of an already existing legislation.
We have a similar law in Hawaii. It is a little bit a lot more rigid in that we can not smoke within 50 feet of the door of the facility. The legislation additionally gives fines for cigarette smokers and also bar as well as dining establishment owners.
As a smoker, I was a bit peeved originally at the regulation, but as time has actually passed, it is really no big deal. If I have to tip outside to smoke it is immaterial.
I am presently seeing Khon Kaen, Thailand as well as go out almost nightly. I haven’t been to any bars but I have actually seen plenty of restaurants. One of my favorites, La Mai, has set up a smoking area near the toilets. Smile restaurant enabled me to smoke at the table. And also, Bu-Sa-Ba restaurant has a little, protected smoking location in the back of the dining establishment.
So, between now and May 31, ask your waiter or waitress if it is alright to smoke. If they have a smoking cigarettes area established, please utilize it. If you have to go outside to smoke, like at Package’z Café, after that simply sit at the table as well as have your cigarette.
I am unsure exactly how the significant traveler areas, Bangkok, Pattaya, and also Phuket, are mosting likely to respond or what the effect on tourism will certainly be. I would think that beginning on June 1, 2008, there will certainly be a crackdown to reveal individuals that the government is significant regarding the ban.
So, if you are preparing to visit the Land of Smiles, and you smoke cigarettes, ensure to ask if it is OK to smoke prior to you light up. Otherwise, you might have to pay a lot.