The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has launched the Public Health Ministry’s regulations on smoke-free areas which came into effect from February 3, 2019.

At Chatuchak market, DDC Director General Suwannachai Watthanayingcharoenchai gave a press conference on the new regulations of the Ministry of Public Health which declares public space, working space, and public vehicles as smoke-free areas.

The ban includes people smoking outside cafes and restaurants. There will be a five meter perimeter exclusion zone from the entrances or exits of all public buildings.

Those flouting the new regulations can be subject to a fine of 5,000 baht.