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Since February of this year, 24 beaches that are located in 15 provinces in Thailand have imposed a total ban on cigarette smoking and littering, which carries a fine of up to THB100,000 (RM12,700) or a year of imprisonment if convicted.

“Starting today [February 1], smoking and cigarette-butt littering are prohibited on beach areas,” the director from Thailand’s department of marine and coastal resources (DMCR), Bannarak Sermthong, shared with The Telegraph.

“Anyone who want...s to smoke must do so in designated smoking areas, not on the beaches.”

The Telegraph reported that the bans came in place after a survey conducted by Thailand’s marine and coastal resources research and development centre as well as the resorts located in the towns of Hua Hin and Khao Takiab in the western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, found that over 100,000 cigarette butts were littered in Cha-am beach alone.

Meanwhile, DMRC revealed in 2017 that 101,058 cigarette butts were scattered throughout the 2.5-kilometre stretch on Patong, with the director general of the DMRC Jatuporn Buruspat, stating that 30 per cent of the littered waste was on the beach.

But what most tourists may not be aware of is that since 2014, the Thai government has ruled that vaping carries a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.

As a matter of fact, an excerpt from the Local Laws and Customs section of Thailand’s Foreign Office reads, “You can’t bring vaporisers (like e-cigarettes and e-baraku) or refills into Thailand. These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.”

“The sale or supply of e-cigarettes and similar devices is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty.”

And although highlighyed that vaping is a common sight in Thailand, vaporisers (or commonly known as vapes) are deemed as prohibited items.

In fact, a travel agent hailing from the United Kingdom, Pat Waterton, recalled that her nephew was arrested and fined £125 (RM690) after he was caught vaping – with the authorities threatening the young man with jail time.

“I got a message from my sister saying James had been arrested in Thailand because he had an e-cigarette. He managed to pay the policeman, who had told him he could go to jail.

“Ten years seems a long time to go to prison for smoking an e-cigarette,” she shared with the Australian news portal.

The unfortunate incident has prompted the travel agent to remind her clients of the law, and urged for all travel agents to practise the same ethic – especially when Thailand is deemed as a popular tourist destination.

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