As of Sunday, 3rd February 2019, all airports in Thailand have been declared no-smoking zones with fines up to THB5,000 (about S$200) for any violators. The six airports are Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, and Mae Fah Luang.
Airports of Thailand (AoT) has also removed all smoking rooms in both the offices and passenger buildings in all six airports which they manage. This comes as no surprise as the official announcement was made since 2017 with the 2017 Tobacco Control Act and a 2018 Public Health Ministry announcement requiring all offices of government agencies and state enterprises (which include airports) to assign no-smoking areas to protect non-smokers. As the new laws are enforced, smokers will soon be unable to smoke near most public buildings.
To avoid potential “chao”, AoT is now arranging designated smoking areas outside the passenger buildings in the six airports.
But there is more bad news for smokers; cheap cigarettes will soon be a thing of the past. According to a reliable source, five brands in ten categories of cigarettes produced by the Thai Tabacco Monopoly (TTM) will see a price increase by an average of THB33 (about S$1.30) as of October this year. The 40% price increase may be due to the state’s new excise tax rates.
For more information on new smoking bans and regulation click HERE.
For more information regarding new outside smoking areas at AoT airports call the AoT Contact Centre at 1722.