Thailand banned smoking in all indoor public places in 2002, but night entertainment venues and bars were exempted.
A ban on smoking in public places took effect on 11 February 2008. All bars, pubs, discotheques and clubs, indoor and outdoor marketplaces are covered by the regulation. Non-air conditioned restaurants are also included, but can provide designated smoking rooms. Smoking has been banned in air conditioned restaurants since 2002. Owners of open air eating places and markets will have to provide smoking and no-smoking areas.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
Bloomberg Initiative grants (see www.tobaccocontrolgrants.org)
Ministry of Public Health / Office of the WHO Representative to Thailand
The project aims to strengthen the national tobacco control programme with emphasis on the prevention of secondhand smoke through the implementation of 100% tobacco smoke-free environment policy.
South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)
The project aims to strengthen and expand the EATCA network, playing a more active role in the region, working effectively with each country providing capacity building opportunities and training.
A Smokefree Homes Project continues through ASH Thailand
A Smokefree city (SuKhoThai province): provincial scale smokefree campaign will be implemented in March 2009. The project is created and conducted by a local CDC agency and funded by Thai Health Promotion Foundation.
Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials
A national Quitline (Thailand Quit Line Center ) is now in operation in Thailand and smokefree information is provided as well as cessation information.
Pamphlets and booklets explaining the new regulation have been created and distributed by ASH Thailand.
Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws
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