Spain has now become the first country in Europe to officially ban smoking on its beaches – offend and be fined!
It all started with a public petition. This resulted in a new law. The Spanish government has passed a new law that bans smoking on all beaches in the country, making it the first nation in Europe to enforce such a ban nationwide.
If locals or visitors break the law and are caught lighting up on a beach, they face a colossal fine – â¬ 2,000, the equivalent of Rs 1,68,000. money is on fire, isn’t it?
The current smoking ban is the result of a petition, which had 2,83,000 names demanding that the Spanish government take action against pollution on the country’s beaches. Spain has some 3,000 miles of coastline, and the locals were tired of the rubbish that could be found on the beaches. According to the European Environment Agency, cigarette butts are a major component of the objects littering European beaches. Cigarette butts are particularly dangerous on beaches because they contain non-biodegradable plastic polymer. In addition to contaminating soil and sand, they are also extremely dangerous to sea creatures who might swallow them.
This is not the first time that Spain has banned smoking in public places. A ban is already in place in the city of Barcelona, ââand in 2020, in response to the need for social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spain has banned smoking in outdoor public spaces where smokers would not be able to maintain a minimum distance of six feet. Galicia, in north-western Spain, was the first to ban smoking on streets, restaurants and bars, which was adopted by Spain’s Minister of Health and implemented throughout the country.
Across Europe, Sardinia in Italy and some beaches in southern France have also banned smoking. It is also forbidden to smoke on the beaches of the Spanish archipelago that makes up the Canary Islands.
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