Pattaya city officials give a friendly reminder: With the new Smoking laws, smoking on baht busses is against the law, with up to 5000 baht fines.

PATTAYA:–Pattaya officials warned public-transport users that smoking in vehicles or at or around terminals is banned by a new smoking law.

Wilaiwan Phulunglua, Chief of Narcotics Prevention and Rehabilitation Section, and Nurse Naanya Jantaraakard told Soi Khopai Community residents Feb. 11 that the updated law applies to baht buses, taxis, minivans, trains, boats and even motorcycle taxis.

Furthermore, smoking is prohibited within five meters of bus stops, taxi stands, bus and train terminals and ports.

Promulgated in November, the amendments to the 2017 Tobacco Control Act and a 2018 Public Health Ministry directive extends no-smoking zones in and around government agencies and state enterprises to five meters.

Those caught lighting up in prohibited spaces face fines of up to 5,000 baht. Warnings will be given first.

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