Smoking is injurious to health and that’s almost a universally known fact! Still, there are several people around the world who smoke frequently by choice, addiction or for amusement.
But smoking not just affects the one who ‘takes a drag’ but also the people around. Passive smoking kills almost 600,000 people worldwide every year, states WHO study. 60% of these are children who are exposed to smoke inside their own house.
Smoking in a house in Thailand can now land you in jail. Although not a blanket ban, this is a new law that is supposed to come into effect from today as per reports.
The new law, Family Protection and Development Promotion Act, was initiated by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and was announced in the Royal Gazette on May 22, 2019.
The law aims at curbing smoking at home which might be hazardous for others’ health residing under the same roof. In that case, it will be considered as ‘domestic violence.’
The ban on smoking at home in Thailand comes into effect today. From today people can be prosecuted for ‘domestic abuse’ by lighting up a cigarette inside a home.
People can call Family and Protection centres on 1300 to report a smoker.
According to the new law, women and children are often the recipients of second-hand smoke and the new legislation and fines is designed to assist in protecting them from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.
Dr Ronachai Khongsakon from a tobacco research group, says that women were particularly vulnerable with 81% suffering second-hand smoke in their homes. He claims that 430,000 people die worldwide annually from second-hand smoke, and that two out of three of the victims are women.
The ‘Report a Smoker’ hotline is 1300. Cases may then be referred to juvenile and other courts. The government says the move is the latest measure to stop people smoking in Thailand in public places, and now in their homes in the presence of other people.
Smoking has already been banned at airports, including the internal ‘smoking rooms’, now replaced with rooms outside terminals for smokers. Smoking on many Thai beaches was banned back in February 2018.
There is an estimated 10 million smokers in Thailand resulting in 72,000 deaths annually.