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Last updated: December 19th 2019

Smoke Free Status of Outdoor Places

Does the law require any outdoor or quasi-outdoor spaces to be smoke free or restrict smoking in any way? Examples of such places include within a specified distance of doorways, outdoor patios of bars or restaurants, parks/beaches, outdoor stadiums, and outdoor markets.
Yes
 

Sports facilities

Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in sports facilities, including all areas used for conducting business, inside and outside their buildings. The law specifically prohibits smoking in outdoor sports fields, grandstands, and other places for watching sports.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, which require Parties to adopt and implement measures providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces and public places, public transport and, "as appropriate, other public places."

Public parks, zoological parks, and amusement parks

Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited indoor and outdoor areas of public parks, zoos, fun parks, and water parks. 

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, which require Parties to adopt and implement measures providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces and public places, public transport and, "as appropriate, other public places."

Children’s playgrounds

Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in playgrounds and other places that provide the same services to children and within five meters of their entrances and exits.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, which require Parties to adopt and implement measures providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces and public places, public transport and, "as appropriate, other public places."

Markets

Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under MoPH Notice B.E. 2561, smoking is prohibited in inside and outside areas of markets. 

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, which require Parties to adopt and implement measures providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces and public places, public transport and, "as appropriate, other public places."