Those who smoke at home and affect the health of others may be considered to have broken the law as suspected perpetrator domestic abuse.

In the 18th Tobacco and Lung Health academic conference, Lertpanya Buranabandit, director general of the Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, confirmed that the Family Development and Protection Act B.E. 2562, which will become effective on August 20, 2019, aims to prevent severe hazards to family as well as promote the welfare of family members. Any person considered to have caused a severe hazard to the physical and mental health, freedom or reputation of a member of the family is subject to legal penalties.

That may result in a criminal lawsuit in cases of physical assault and a lawsuit in the Central Juvenile and Family Court which may legally force the smoker at home to undergo a rehabilitation course and to quit smoking for the sake of family members.