Re: “Second-hand smoke exposes Thais to health risks”, News, May 22.
It also exposes non-Thais to heath risks, too. As with most laws and regulations, the “Do Not Smoke” signs are ignored since the law is not enforced. When was the last, or for that matter, first time anyone has been fined Bt2,000 for smoking in a restaurant or public venue?
And those who choose not to smoke inside, usually sit themselves at the front entrance and smoke, thus exposing everyone entering and leaving to their noxious second-hand fumes.
Don’t expect anything to change. Just printing an article is considered equivalent to taking action and solving problems.
And this is something they found out now? Like 30-40 years after the rest of the world. Anyway, it’s great news that they finally managed to see the connection.
And [there are] health risks from the burning of fields, burning of backyard plastic and vehicles belching exhausts, not to mention the proposed coal-fired power stations.
If secondary smoke does that, imagine what the smokers themselves are experiencing.
I am 72 years old and have been smoking for 56 years. I do not smoke in the house and I am very conscious of those around me when I eat out.
There’s more threat on a 100 metre walk along ANY Thai road than a year of passive smoking.