"We are not completely banning smoking on the beach, but we will arrange a smoking area with bins where cigarette butts can be disposed", said the department's Director-General Jatuporn Buruspat. This greatly added to the problem of unnecessary flooding caused by rubbish clogging the drains.
All other beaches were expected to be included into this ban in the future, he said. On violating the ban, there is a provision of one-year imprisonment or a possible fine of up to 100,000 baht ($3,000), as per BBC.
Bangkok Post reports that the ban will be imposed from November in beaches of Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla provinces.
The ban is due to come into force later this month as Phuket prepares to host an worldwide conference on sea waste.
Thailand has been judged to have the sixth most rubbish-strewn sea in the world, a problem which needs to be tackled with proper legal measures, he said.
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