Since 20 August, people can be prosecuted under the article “domestic violence” by smoking in the house
People can call the Family Protection Centres at 1300 to report a smoker.
In a conversation with Manager Online, Dr. Ronachai Hongsakon of the research team says that women are particularly vulnerable in this case: 81% suffer from second-hand smoke in their homes. He claims that 430,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke worldwide and that two out of three victims are women.
Cases could be referred to the courts. The Government states that this is the last step in limiting the number of smokers in Thailand. They were first banned from smoking in public places. And now at home in the presence of others.
Smoking is already banned at airports, including “smoking rooms”, which have now been replaced by rooms outside smoking terminals. Smoking on many Thai beaches was banned as early as February 2018.
Experts estimate that there are about 10 million smokers in Thailand. Every year, 72,000 of them die.
Previously, the smokefree house law had caused a lot of controversy among the public. Many saw this as an interference with privacy and not as protecting children and women from domestic violence, but as prohibiting smoking at home.
Source: The Thaiger. Translation: Anna Boyko.