The new cigarette smoking restriction in Thailand bars and also dining establishments is in effect as well as from what I have actually observed the legislation is being dealt with like any kind of various other legislation in Thailand. What I suggest is, some facilities have already established smoking locations, others state you need to smoke outside the dining establishment or bar, as well as others are overlooking the law altogether.
The factor for overlooking the restriction could be that it will certainly not actually be applied for a number of months. Instead of rigid penalties being provided, there will certainly be cautions and education and learning till completion of May, 2008.
Yet, then, the fines will be high. If imposed, smokers can be fined 2,000 Baht (approximately $62 US dollars) as well as venue proprietors will be fined up to 20,000 Baht (over $600 United States dollars).
This will certainly force bench as well as restaurant owners to apply the legislation on their residential property. If the ban simply penalized cigarette smokers, the facility owners would completely overlook it.
This is nothing really brand-new. Thailand has actually outlawed cigarette smoking in healthcare facilities, federal government structures, and train terminals for a few years currently. This is just an extension of an already existing law.
We have a similar legislation in Hawaii. It is a bit a lot more stringent because we can not smoke within 50 feet of the door of the facility. The legislation likewise provides fines for smokers as well as bar as well as dining establishment owners.
As a smoker, I was a little bit peeved originally at the legislation, yet as time has gone by, it is truly no big deal. If I need to step outdoors to smoke it is immaterial.
I am presently checking out Khon Kaen, Thailand and also head out practically nightly. I have not been to any type of bars but I have visited several dining establishments. One of my favorites, La Mai, has set up a smoking cigarettes area near the washrooms. Smile restaurant permitted me to smoke at the table. And also, Bu-Sa-Ba restaurant has a small, protected smoking cigarettes location in the rear of the dining establishment.
So, in between currently as well as May 31, ask your waiter or waitress if it is alright to smoke. If they have a cigarette smoking location set up, please utilize it. If you need to go outdoors to smoke, such as at Package’z COFFEE SHOP, after that just sit at the table and have your cigarette.
I am not sure how the major visitor areas, Bangkok, Pattaya, and also Phuket, are going to respond or what the influence on tourist will be. I would presume that beginning on June 1, 2008, there will certainly be a crackdown to reveal people that the federal government is significant about the restriction.
So, if you are planning to see the Land of Smiles, as well as you smoke cigarettes, see to it to ask if it is OK to smoke before you light up. Otherwise, you might have to pay very much.