Knowledge and Compliance of Touristaccording to the law on Smoking-free area: Case study of Bangsaen Beach
Keywords:Compliance, Smoking-free, Knowledge, Bangsaen Beach, Tourist
Thai law prescribes a measures to protect the health of non-smokers in public area, especially in tourist attractions. The purpose of this study was to study the knowledge and practices of tourists
according to the law on smoking ban at Bangsaen Beach. The research methodology was a survey research of 659 tourists, quota sampling, divided by the time of the survey as the pre-campaign period, the campaign activity period and the post-campaign period of 3 months and 6 months. Research tools were the questionnaires include a general information, a knowledge on the smoking-free area and a compliance according to legal measures. Data was collected by the voluntary of tourists to answer the complete online questionnaire from the google form application via QR code scanning (QR code), during January to August 2018.
The results showed that most of the tourists saw the non-smoking campaign activity at Bangsaen beach for a long time (52.8%), knew about the smoking-free information by the public relations sign (60.7%), and acknowledging that Bangsaen beach is a non-smoking area ( 81.1% in the pre-event period and 93.4% in the post-event period). For the compliance of the sample group, it was found that tourists did not smoke at Bangsaen Beach (60.0% in the pre-campaign period and 64.7% in the post-campaign period). When tourists see smoking people on the beach, the most of them usually advisable to refer to public relations boards (31.6% in the pre-campaign period and 62.6% in the post- campaign period). Recommendation was should provide the public relations sign about the smoking-free, the audio line from the tourist station, and the walking campaign to communicate information about a harmful and danger from cigarettes, including the smoking cabinet and smoking spots in public areas.
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