The brand-new smoking ban in Thailand bars and also restaurants holds and also from what I have actually observed the legislation is being dealt with like any type of other legislation in Thailand. What I indicate is, some establishments have currently established smoking cigarettes locations, others claim you need to smoke outside the restaurant or bar, and also others are neglecting the law completely.
The reason for neglecting the restriction could be that it will not actually be imposed for a number of months. Rather than stiff fines being released, there will certainly be cautions and also education and learning up until completion of May, 2008.
However, after that, the fines will be steep. If implemented, cigarette smokers can be fined 2,000 Baht (about $62 United States dollars) and location owners will certainly be fined as much as 20,000 Baht (over $600 United States dollars).
This will compel the bar and also restaurant owners to enforce the law on their residential property. If the restriction just punished cigarette smokers, the facility owners would totally ignore it.
This is nothing really new. Thailand has actually banned smoking cigarettes in healthcare facilities, government buildings, and also train stations for a few years now. This is simply an expansion of a currently existing law.
We have a similar legislation in Hawaii. It is a little bit extra strict in that we can not smoke within 50 feet of the door of the establishment. The legislation additionally gives penalties for cigarette smokers and also bar as well as restaurant proprietors.
As a smoker, I was a little bit peeved originally at the legislation, yet as time has actually gone by, it is truly immaterial. If I need to step outdoors 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 yet I have checked out several restaurants. One of my favorites, La Mai, has established a smoking area near the bathrooms. Smile dining establishment allowed me to smoke at the table. And also, Bu-Sa-Ba dining establishment has a little, protected cigarette smoking area in the back of the restaurant.
So, in between currently as well as May 31, ask your waiter or waitress if it is alright to smoke. If they have a smoking cigarettes location set up, please utilize it. If you need to go outdoors to smoke, like at Set’z Café, after that simply rest at the table and also have your cigarette.
I am unsure how the significant traveler locations, Bangkok, Pattaya, as well as Phuket, are going to react or what the effect on tourist will certainly be. I would certainly presume that beginning on June 1, 2008, there will be a suppression to reveal individuals that the federal government is significant regarding the ban.
So, if you are preparing to check out the Land of Smiles, as well as you smoke cigarettes, ensure to ask if it is OK to smoke prior to you brighten. Or else, you may have to pay very much.