Connect with us

Thailand

Health officials call for smoking to be banned in residential buildings in Thailand

Maya Taylor

Published 

 on 

Health officials call for smoking to be banned in residential buildings in Thailand | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Irina Iriser on Unsplash
  • follow us in feedly

Thai health officials are calling for a ban on smoking in residential buildings, such as condominiums, hotels, and dormitories. Those campaigning for a change in the law say it’s needed to protect the health of residents, and children in particular. Paisan Limsathit, from the Health Laws and Ethics Centre at Thamassat University, says residential buildings should be smoke-free in order to protect residents from second-hand smoke. He was speaking at a seminar on the protection of non-smoking condo residents.

The seminar was organised by the National Health Foundation and examined the results of a September – October study from Thammasat University that looked at smoking in condominium buildings.

According to the findings, out of over 1,200 people surveyed, 15% say they are smokers. Nearly half of those say they usually smoke on the balcony of their condo. 89% of respondents are in support of a total ban on smoking in condo buildings.

Meanwhile, Nipapan Kangsakulniti from the Faculty of Public Health at Mahidol University, says non-smokers are susceptible to second-hand smoke in shared buildings, adding that, according to a US study, banning smoking in residential buildings could cut maintenance costs by nearly 5 billion baht, as well as protecting the health of residents and reducing the risk of fires.

While the law in Thailand outlaws smoking in government and office buildings, as well as shopping malls and other public spaces like lobbies and corridors, there is no outright ban on smoking in residential buildings. Charan Kesorn from the Property Management Association of Thailand and the Thai Real Estate Association, says a compromise would be to reserve dedicated smoking areas away from non-smoking residents.

The fine for breaching Thailand’s ban on smoking in public places starts at 2,000 baht, rising to a potential 100,000 baht and/or a year in prison for smokers caught puffing on the beach.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Smoking Farang

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    So I buy a condo and live there alone, I am not allowed to smoke there? Goody bye Thailand, good morning Vietnam!

    • Avatar

      Pippo

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Have a nice trip!

      • Avatar

        James

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:46 pm

        Fag-End Farang

        Don’t call us, we will call you, bye, bye.

        • Avatar

          clfeige

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:43 am

          someone had a seminar and some of you have concluded the sky is falling.

  2. Avatar

    Galaxy

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    When do they allow electronic cigarettes?

  3. Avatar

    Don R

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Good. Actually, Thailand is already pretty good about smoking etiquette and they obviously make significant efforts to discourage smoking and promote health.

    But god help you if you ever come to Malaysia. Half the males smoke here, they have no smoking etiquette whatsoever. Non-smoking signs are just suggestions. The whole of Malaysia stinks of tobacco.

    • Avatar

      Galaxy

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:58 pm

      ” they obviously make significant efforts to discourage smoking and promote health”
      Could you be more precise?
      Patches, e-cig…are not allowed!!!

      • Avatar

        Don R

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:08 pm

        Point taken, it was very dumb of Thais to ban e-cigs.

        I find cigarette smoke to be unbearable. Ecig vapor hardly bothers me.

        Interestingly, I enjoy the smell of ganja 😉

  4. Avatar

    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    ” 100,000 baht and/or a year in prison for smokers caught puffing on the beach.”

    Wow!!!

    I don’t have a problem with that at all, but I hope the Chinese know!

    • Avatar

      Galaxy

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, that’s written but never been in practice. So many things like this coming out from incompetents brains, showing that they are present but nothing else.
      How many fees per day for drivers without their helmets?

  5. Avatar

    David Jackson

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    So, your economy is in a mess so you place yet another barrier in front of recovery. This kind of issue is exactly why your country will flounder imminently…you cannot run a society based upon random laws made up haphazardly and without any form of consultation or timescale.
    I will NEVER buy a condo here as you seemingly make the rules up as you go along.

  6. Avatar

    Mike Frenchie

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Crazy! Chinese are smoking massively but echo needs Chinese investors right?

  7. Avatar

    Pete Mitchel

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    All smokers close their balcony glass doors when they smoke on their balconies.Even they don’t want that gross smell in their own room. I see no reasonable argument in favor of gross, poisonous smells.

  8. Avatar

    Mike

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Good luck trying to get Chinese not to smoke exactly when and where they want to. Here in Hong Kong smoking is a cult. In China it’s even worse. It’s even considered rude to turn down a cigarette when offered one – even if you don’t smoke! It’s retarded.

  9. Avatar

    Steve Shae

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    It’s ironic that they target smoking as hazardous to the health of children and yet for about 4-5 months of the year vast areas of Thailand are permanently burning. Fields and forests are ablaze to clear land for farming, a practice that had continued unabated for decades and still nothing has been done to protect everyone from an unhealthy and outdated practices

  10. Avatar

    Steve Shaw

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    It’s ironic that they target smoking as hazardous to the health of children and yet for about 4-5 months of the year vast areas of Thailand are permanently burning. Fields and forests are ablaze to clear land for farming, a practice that had continued unabated for decades and still nothing has been done to protect everyone from an unhealthy and outdated practices

  11. Avatar

    James

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Stop smoking, save the money, and then perhaps the smokers would be able to afford a better living standard than living in a poxy tiny condo.

  12. Avatar

    Greg Chapman

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Yet another crazy idea from the rulers of “The Land of Lost Liberty” …only a couple of days ago the idiots in charge had the idea of granting special immigration privileges to those foreigners buying B10M worth of condos. This draconian proposal will alienate about
    15% of prospective purchasers for property that is already overpriced. Even nonsmokers such as myself would worry that when I sold up, there would be fewer buyers. I fully agree with a ban in hallways/lifts but a complete ban is unworkable. What next? a ban on smoking in your own house and garden.
    If the regime is so concerned with peoples health, what about a road safety campaign, and making people take a proper driving test.

  13. Avatar

    Leo Z

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3:14 am

    Drinking, on the other hand, will be encouraged. Because as we all know, smokers frequently get intoxicated and cause death and all sorts of mayhem behind the wheel, not to mention that they become verbally and physically abusive after a few puffs etc etc.

  14. Avatar

    Moggoid

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:37 am

    There is nothing worse for a non-smoker than to have a neighbor who puffs on the next balcony – or worse the balcony below. A disgusting habit. If you want to smoke – find a garden and a friendly tree to harass.

  15. Avatar

    Ronny

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Great dea, but ironic since the air quality is extremely bad in Thailand, as a direct result of not enforcing euro 6 standards for cars and fuel. Instead, extremely polluting engines are the norm, as well as dirty substandard fuel. Add to that the burning of garbage and rice and sugar cane fields being a national hobby.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Thailand. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Environment

Thailand on fire – NASA satellite website tracks the country’s farm fires

The Thaiger

Published

on

Thailand on fire – NASA satellite website tracks the country’s farm fires | The Thaiger

Thailand is burning. The burning off of harvested crop plantations is lighting up the agricultural areas. The truth is starkly revealed in the live NASA satellite feeds which track the fires around the world.

Thailand on fire - NASA satellite website tracks the country's farm fires | News by The Thaiger

CHART: Fires in the past 10 days around parts of Thailand – Firms.Modaps

Concentrations of the current fires can be seen in Central Thailand, north of Bangkok, parts of Isaan, north east of Bangkok, and around Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Notably the concentration of fires in northern Cambodia and across the north-western border in Myanmar, is also causing plenty of problems as the foreign smoke drifts across the borders. No matter what Thai officials do to enforce the rice, sugar and corn plantation burn-offs, there is little they can do about the haze drifting across the borders.

Bangkok, so close to clusters of fires, is in for a bad air pollution day anytime the light winds of the start of the year blow from the north or the east. The lack of rain adds to the problem, the annual problem, that engulfs Thailand’s capital during days between December and April, with the worst month, statistically, being March.

The alternative method of preparing for the next harvest, mechanical removal of the refuse and waste after harvesting, is both unpopular in Thailand and economically unviable for the small farmers whose margins remain thin with the multi-national buyers of their produce pushing for lower and lower prices every year.

In Chiang Mai, from January to the end of March, the locals even call it the ‘burning season’. Coupled with the hot season, the farmers in northern Thailand burn their fields to prepare land for the next harvest and also to get rid of biowastes like corn that can’t be sold in the market. It’s officially illegal to do the burn offs but the lack of enforcement leaves the problem unresolved and the smog and haze remain as predictable as the annual wet season.

Chiang Mai also has a local geographic problem which exacerbates the bad smoke pollution. The city is in a valley, surrounded by hills, trapping in the smoke and helping block any breezes that could otherwise blow it away.

For today, Bangkok’s air pollution is better than the past two days but still registering as ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ with city readings mostly between 140 – 170. Parts of the city, mostly south-east and south west, were registering readings above 300 in the past few days.

Thailand on fire - NASA satellite website tracks the country's farm fires | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: IQair.com

Watch this video for some more information about Bangkok’s smog…

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Continue Reading

Thailand

Wildfires hit Mae Hong Son’s Pai district

Avatar

Published

on

Wildfires hit Mae Hong Son’s Pai district | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Several wildfires have broken out in Mae Hong Son’s Pai district in Northern Thailand. The governor says he believes that several blazes happening in the area are a result of the dry season arriving earlier than usual.

Using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer system, the local forest fire control centre detected 155 so-called “heat points” in the Pai district from January 1 to 12. Last year’s dry season only 96 heat points were detected.

There are no reports of property damages, injuries, or deaths.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Continue Reading

Thailand

Dead whale found washed up on Koh Samui beach

Avatar

Published

on

Dead whale found washed up on Koh Samui beach | The Thaiger
PHOTO: สิทธิโรจน์ แก้วหนองเสม็ด

A dead Bryde’s whale was found washed up on Koh Samui’s Choeng Mon beach yesterday. By the look of the rotting carcass, said to be around 11 metres long, marine resource specialist Thon Thamrongnawasawat says he believes the whale died several days ago. The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thon said on Facebook.

“Currently, there are about 50 Bryde’s whales in the Gulf of Thailand. That means the situation of whales is still good and better than the dugongs. But I wish that there were no more 5 deaths per year from natural causes. If the death is over this limit, that will be worrying.”

The Bryde’s whales are spotted around the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand all year round, especially on the coastlines of Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Bang Khun Thian district of Bangkok, Samut Songkram and Petchaburi provinces.

SOURCE: Facebook | DMCR

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Continue Reading
Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19 | The Thaiger
Thailand17 mins ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15 | The Thaiger
Thailand4 days ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14 | The Thaiger
Thailand5 days ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13 | The Thaiger
Thailand6 days ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Thailand News Today | 305 infections, No happy ending for massages, Phuket quarantine mooted | Jan 7 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | 305 infections, No happy ending for massages, Phuket quarantine mooted | Jan 7

Thailand News Today | 10,000 schools closed, 900 new migrant infections, Gambling crackdown | January 6 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | 10,000 schools closed, 900 new migrant infections, Gambling crackdown | January 6

Thailand News Today | PM reverses lockdown, Southern P.D.A. crackdown, Covid update | Jan 5 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | PM reverses lockdown, Southern P.D.A. crackdown, Covid update | Jan 5

Thailand News Today | Record daily infections, Covid restrictions, British arrivals ‘on hold’ | Jan 4 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Record daily infections, Covid restrictions, British arrivals ‘on hold’ | Jan 4

Thailand News Today | Pattaya restrictions, 2021’s extra holidays, Covid update | December 30 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Pattaya restrictions, 2021’s extra holidays, Covid update | December 30

Thailand News Today | Covid update, Bangkok restrictions, Gold rush | December 29 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Covid update, Bangkok restrictions, Gold rush | December 29

Thailand News Today | No national lockdown, Bangkok schools closed, Abortion Bill | Dec 24 | The Thaiger
Thailand4 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | No national lockdown, Bangkok schools closed, Abortion Bill | Dec 24

Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending