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Enforcement of anti-smoking laws to be ramped up in Phuket

Enforcement of anti-smoking laws to be ramped up in Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket health officials are targetting ways to reduce the rising incidence of residents on the island becoming habitual smokers.

By The Phuket News

Friday 23 December 2022, 02:15PM

Enforcement of laws controlling non-smoking areas at government offices, schools and parks and other public areas are to be ramped up, the Phuket Tobacco Products Control Committee revealed at a meeting held at the the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) yesterday (Dec 22).

Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Somprat Prabsongkram chaired the meeting, attended by PPHO Chief Kusak Kukiattikoon and other health officials.

According to health statistics for 2022, 17.4% of the population aged 15 years and over smoked tobacco products. In the Southern Thailand provinces that figure rose to 24%.

In Phuket, 20.5% of all people over the age of 15 are smokers, said an official report of the meeting.

The figure was an increase on the number of smokers last calculated, in 2017, the report said.

Currently, 194 Thai people die from smoking per day. The habit kills 72,656 Thai people per year and is the Number 1 risk factor for health, the report said.

As a result, some 6.7 million people in the country are exposed to secondhand smoke in their own homes, the top place in the country for people to be exposed to the health risk, the report added.

The second most likely place for exposure was petrol stations (61.3%), followed by religious places (60.9%), government office areas (58.3%) and public transport stations (52%), the report said.

As a result of the findings, all government agencies and those responsible for operating petrol stations, religious places, bus stations, public places in Phuket are asked for the co-operation in enforcing anti-smoking laws,

Laws banning smoking in non-smoknig areas are to be tightly enforced, and areas where smoking is permitted are to be tightly controlled, the committee resolved.

All educational institutions in the province are smoke-free zones, the committee noted.

The committee also called for a heightened public relations campaign highlighting the dangers of e-cigarettes and controlling the use of e-cigarettes among children, youths and the general public, the report concluded.

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Kurt | 24 December 2022 - 08:59:21

Smoking seems to be more health dangerous than Covid-19. How about not selling tobacco, like alcohol, on Buddha Days?  :-)  Just as a 'signal'.

harald | 23 December 2022 - 21:38:52

typical for intolerant and mendacious non-smokers. no one can prove if someone died from smoking, so the numbers are ridiculous. By the way, chemical, toxic exhaust gases from the exhausts of bikes and cars are not an issue for such people and they blow them into the air thoughtlessly :-D

Capricornball | 23 December 2022 - 17:23:16

Any time we see "strict enforcement", we know that the rest of the article is pointless. The police won't enforce laws that result in the deaths of people on an epic scale, yet nothing is ever done. So now the police are going to "get tough on smokers"??? Hell, most cops smoke. Old man is probably right, officials just creating another fleecing opportunity. This time I'...

Old guy | 23 December 2022 - 14:28:35

The timing of any increase enforcement of a regulation has more to do with the payment of tea money to look the other way rather than the well being of people. 


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