According to Bangkok Post, the ban, effective from November 1, will be imposed on popular beaches across Thailand, including Patong beach in the southern city of Phuket, the eastern city of Pattaya and Hua Hin and Cha Am south of the capital.
Jatuporn said his department would soon expand the ban to cover every beach in the country and the department would also consider a smoking ban on passenger and tourist boats to prevent cigarette butts being dropped into the sea.
"To ensure tourists are aware of the smoking ban, we will erect signs with the ban announcements on the beaches of Phra Ae, Klong Dao and Klong Kwang", Wittaya Khunsan, chief of Krabi's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, said yesterday. This translated into 101,058 butts along the 2.5km beach.
This happened after the Department of marine and coastal resources of the country reported that the sand found tens of thousands of cigarettes.
The DMCR said the discarded waste made up a third of all rubbish collected.
A global clean-up organised by United States charity Ocean Conservancy recovered 1,863,838 cigarette butts from beaches in 112 countries previous year.
"Smokers will be required to drop their cigarette butts in provided containers before they enter these beaches..."
Those found flouting the ban could face a maximum penalty of a year in prison and/or a fine of 100,000 baht. "And then when the chemicals from the cigarette butts reach the water, it also releases cadmium, lead, arsenic and some acid from insecticide which are poison to the natural food chain", said Buruspat to Phuket Gazette.
Thailand has been judged to have the sixth most rubbish-strewn sea in the world, a problem which needs to be tackled with proper legal measures, he said.
He also claimed cigarettes have left the country at risk of flooding, with drains clogged by more than 100million cigarette butts dropped on roads in Thailand each day.
Thailand will host an worldwide meeting on sea waste in Phuket on Oct 22-23.