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Smoking rooms, and smokers, being kicked out of Thai airports

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Ah yes, just finished that 11 hour flight from Europe and can’t wait to dash into the smoking room for a quick cigarette. In Thailand that’s no longer going to be possible.

The AoT (Airports of Thailand) are scrapping the anachronistic smoking zones at all their airports, effective immediately.

Smokers won’t be able to smoke in the ‘Smoking Rooms’ at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Had Yai and Chiang Rai airports.

New laws that came into effect last Sunday which would allow the rooms at airports to continue operating but Wing Commander Sutheewat Suwanwat, the AoT chief says that public health is more important.

The dismantling of the old smoking Rooms started yesterday. Smoking is now banned in a five metres radius around the entrances and exits of most public buildings.

But smokers, fear not, you will be likely to find a place to smoke at airports. Facilities are now being arranged outside terminals away from the public.

Offenders caught smoking in an airport will be fined 5,000 baht.

Of course there was a time when you could actually smoke in planes. But that’s been phased out over the past 40 years. Initially, to pacify the non-smokers, airlines designated smoking and non-smoking zones in the plane but the stupidity of that soon gave way to the way it is today – no smoking in planes. You’ll even get reminded of it during the safety announcements which tells us not to light up in the toilets as there are smoke detectors.

So all that’s left for smokers is a mad dash for the exit door and, hopefully, a smoking zone somewhere outside. Let’s hope three Chinese charter flights don’t land before your plane otherwise you’re going to be waiting awhile.

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The legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes, is now in effect

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Grass, pot, ganja, marijuana… cannabis.

Whatever you want to call it, it can now be grown legally in Thailand and used in medical and scientific applications with the consent of the authorities, under strict guidelines.

The Narcotics Act 2562, which seeks to amend specific provisions of the Narcotics Act of 1979 to enable the use of marijuana for the treatment of patients, study, research and development, has now been published in the Royal Gazette.

The revised also allows for cultivation in agricultural, commercial and industrial uses for medical benefits as well.

However, the legal use of marijuana will be placed under the control of a committee headed by the permanent secretary of agriculture and comprises heads of several departments such as the Health Support Services Department, the Industrial Works Department, the Mental Health Department and the Medical Council.

The law also allows for the legal use of “kanchong”, or hemp, with consent from the committee.

Import and export of marijuana in quantities, appropriate for medical treatment of certain ailments, is now permissible under the law, but there must be a prescription or a certificate from a certified medical practitioner.

However, the import or export of marijuana in excess of 10 kilograms remains prohibited as this will be considered trafficking in narcotics.

This is the first time in Thailand that marijuana can be used legally for medical or scientific purposes despite the fact that the studies indicate the plant may possess medicinal qualities of value to some patients.

The controlled use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes is considered an initial step which will eventually lead to wider use for other purposes.

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Weather for February 20

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Bangkok

Generally clear. High 34ºC. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Generally clear. High 35ºC. Winds SE and variable.Weather for February 20 | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Hua Hin

Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Ko Samui

Generally clear. High 26ºC. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Syrian woman arrested with fake Spanish passport at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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PHOTOS: Immigration Bureau

Immigration officers at Suvarnabhumi Airport have arrested a Syrian woman with a fake Spain passport.

The Immigration Bureau reports that, while they were patrolling the airport, they found the woman who was acting suspiciously.

They asked to see her passport which had her name listed on the passport as Alampana Albana, a Spanish national. She was waiting for a flight to Germany.

Officers also found another Syrian passport which identified her name as Mrs Manal Ahmad Alnayed.

The woman admitted that the Syrian passport was her real passport. She told officers her husband, who lived in Germany, arranged it for her.

She says she purchased the fake passport in Malaysia. She received the flight tickets from a foreign woman at the KL airport.

Mrs Alnayed has been charged with illegal possession of, and using, a fake passport.

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