Thailand thought they had enforce a total ban on smoking but they now find out they left out locations where monks can be found.
The Public Health Ministry will issue a total ban on smoking in temples nationwide, following the discovery that over 18,000 monk smokers were suffering or had died from chronic diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, and pulmonary emphysema.
Mekong river monk network's secretary general, Abbot Maha Worawuth Panyawuttho: "We have seen that over the past few years most monks suffered from smoking or exposure to second hand smoke. The campaign to ban smoking in temples will be a good model for communities to give up smoking, as the temple is the community center for practicing religious activities. Giving cigarettes to monks is a bad value for Buddhist society, he added."
Persatuan Sami Siam Malaysia bagaimana? Bila nak haramkan merokok dalam Wat Siam? Satu dunia pandang "hina" rokok, tapi Tok Sami Siam masih sedut siang malam. Kalau tak percaya, pergi tengok sendirilah di wat berdekatan rumah anda.
Sesiapa yang sebelum ini pernah bagi "dana" (sedekah) rokok kepada Tok Sami, berhentilah kerana "dana" lain lebih mulia.