In 2021- 42 of Andalucia’s beaches have joined the Beaches without Smoke campaign
Smoke Free Beach
In 2020, the Junta de Andalucia launched its ‘Smoke Free Beaches Initiative’ with 21 beaches throughout the province joining the initiative.
The ‘Beaches without Smoke’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of second-hand smoking in the open air and, more importantly, the effects cigarette butts have on the environment. Apparently one cigarette butt will pollute 50 litres of seawater with nicotine and tar and takes 10 years to degrade. In some cases, the butt will be eaten by fish and enter the food chain.
In a presentation on Monday 28th June 2021, Jesus Aguirre, the Minister of Health and Families, said, ‘This project aims to promote healthy habits to improve health and the quality of life, increase environmental quality, reduce pollution and improve the image of our coasts’.
Individual city councils can apply to participate in the campaign and are then responsible for implementing the necessary policies to keep their nominated beaches smoke free.
In 2021, 42 of Andalucia’s beaches, including some inland beaches, have joined the campaign plus 50 municipal swimming pools.
San Nicolas beach at Adra, Cuevas de Almanzora (Quitapellejos – Palomares /Pozo del Esparto) and Vera.
Arcos de la Frontera, Barbate (Canos de Meca, Zahora, El Carmen and Zahara de los Atunes), Conil de la Frontera (La Fontanilla and El Chorrillo), La Linea, Puerto Real (La Cachucha, La Ministra and El Conchal), Puerto de Santa Maria, Sanlucar de Barrameda (Baja Guia, Calzada-Piletas and Jara), Tarifa (Playa Chica, Atlantera, Valdevaqueros, Lances Sur and Norte and Bolonia), Vejer (El Palmar) and Zahara de la Sierra (Playita de Arroyomolinos).
Almodovar del Rio
Ayamonte, Lepe, Isla Cristina and Punta Umbria.
Algarrobo, Almayate, Estepona, Torrox and Velez-Malaga (Lagos, Mezquitilla, Caleta, Torre del Mar, Valle Nizas and Benajarafe).