Costa del Sol town councils asked to create “beaches without smoke”
Beaches across southern Spain, including the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz, are being encouraged to ban smoking.
The Andalusian government is asking all town councils to consider making beaches within their region smoke-free in a bid to improve the environment and people’s health.
The initiative was launched to coincide with World No Tobacco Day on May 31st and “seeks to raise awareness about the negative consequences of this habit on the beaches.”
“The project, “Beach without smoke”, aims to promote healthy habits to improve health and quality of life, increase environmental quality and reduce pollution and improve the image of our coasts,” said health councillor, Jesús Aguirre.
Any town council within Andalusia which has a coast can voluntary sign up to the scheme and add its name to a website. The Andalucian government will then take over responsibility for arranging the smoke-free zone, signs and so on.
In Andalusia, 10,000 people die each year due to causes attributable to smoking and constitute one of the main health problems. For this reason “the control of smoking is one of the essential priorities for the Ministry of Health and Families, leading to intense work in the work of intervention, control, awareness and awareness,” said Jesus Aguirre.
Last year, the town of Motril in Granada became the first to introduce a “beach without smoke” in Andalusia over a 500 metre stretch.