The government of Thailand has announced that smoking on tourist beaches will not be allowed any more. Those who do not obey the new law must pay a fine of up to $3850 or risk going to prison for a year.
The ban will affect 20 tourist beaches. Authorities in Thailand have been coping with the problem of cigarette butts being thrown away and polluting the country’s wonderful beaches.
Tourism officials say, however, that there will be places further inland where tourists will be allowed to smoke.
The ban was proclaimed after authorities collected over 140,000 cigarette butts on a 2.5 km long stretch of beach on Phuket Island – 30% of all the total waste found near the coast.
Tourism makes up about 10% of the Thailand’s income. About 35 million people visit the country’s beaches every year.
- affect = here: where the new law is put into effect
- announce = to say in public
- authorities = organisation or government department that has the power to make decisions
- ban = law that forbids something
- cigarette butt = part of a cigarette that remains when someone has finished smoking
- cope = deal with
- income = the money a country gets for services and products
- inland = farther away from the beaches
- obey = follow, respect
- official = person who is in a high position
- pollute = to make dirty
- prison = building where you keep people as a punishment because they have done something wrong
- proclaim = to say officially that something exists
- stretch = area of land
- waste = unwanted materials that are left over