The brand-new smoking ban in Thailand bars as well as dining establishments holds and from what I have actually observed the regulation is being dealt with like any kind of other law in Thailand. What I imply is, some establishments have actually currently established smoking cigarettes areas, others say you have to smoke outside the dining establishment or bar, as well as others are ignoring the legislation altogether.
The factor for overlooking the restriction can be that it will certainly not actually be imposed for a number of months. Rather than stiff fines being provided, there will be warnings and also education and learning until completion of May, 2008.
However, after that, the fines will be high. If enforced, cigarette smokers can be fined 2,000 Baht (approximately $62 United States dollars) and place proprietors will certainly be fined as much as 20,000 Baht (over $600 United States dollars).
This will force the bar and dining establishment proprietors to apply the law on their residential property. If the restriction just penalized cigarette smokers, the facility proprietors would completely disregard it.
This is nothing truly new. Thailand has actually banned cigarette smoking in medical facilities, federal government buildings, and also train terminals for a few years now. This is simply an expansion of a currently existing regulation.
We have a comparable regulation in Hawaii. It is a little extra strict in that we can not smoke within 50 feet of the door of the establishment. The law likewise supplies penalties for cigarette smokers and bar and restaurant owners.
As a cigarette smoker, I was a little bit peeved at first 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 currently visiting Khon Kaen, Thailand and go out practically nighttime. I have not been to any bars but I have checked out quite a few dining establishments. One of my faves, La Mai, has established a smoking cigarettes area near the bathrooms. Smile restaurant allowed me to smoke at the table. And also, Bu-Sa-Ba dining establishment has a little, protected cigarette smoking location in the rear of the restaurant.
So, between currently and May 31, ask your waitress or waitress if it is alright to smoke. If they have a smoking cigarettes area established, please utilize it. If you have to go outdoors to smoke, like at Package’z Café, after that just sit at the table and also have your cigarette.
I am unsure exactly how the major vacationer areas, Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket, are going to respond or what the effect on tourism will be. I would certainly guess that starting on June 1, 2008, there will be a suppression to reveal people that the government is significant regarding the ban.
So, if you are planning to go to the Land of Smiles, and you smoke cigarettes, make sure to ask if it is OKAY to smoke before you illuminate. Otherwise, you might have to pay a lot.