Smoke-Free beaches in Spain
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1, Madrid, Spain
Publication date: 2022-07-05
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2022;8(Supplement):A89
Spain is a country formed by a peninsula and two archipelagos which has over 8000 km of coastline. In 2018, some local initiatives sought to promote smoke-free and cigarette butt-free beaches, corresponding to only 3% of Spain’s beaches.

The aim is the banning of smoking on all Spanish beaches, to explain the evolution of smoke-free beaches in Spain and the importance of civil society for the increase in the number of smoke-free beaches, by demanding a law banning smoking in all Spanish beaches.

Collection of signatures though a campaign in and advocacy with Ministries and policy makers.

There was an increase in the number of smoke-free beaches in a few years (17.5% in 2021) and the inclusion of the ability of local governments to fine people for smoking on Spanish beaches, in the new law on waste.

The social demand for outdoor smoke-free areas is undeniable and unstoppable, which makes it easier for policy makers to advance in these types of measures for improving health, environment and saving in cleaning costs at the same time.

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