The City Council of Estepona has announced that it will be creating a smoke free environment on a one kilometre section of its popular La Rada beach.
The announcement comes as part of the Andalucian Network of Sanitary Services and Smoke-Free Spaces Project which aims to raise awareness of the health dangers of smoking and its impact on the environment.
The area chosen on La Rada beach is located next to the water park and a sports playground and has been specifically chosen due to the number of young children and people wanting to practice sports who gather there.
People choosing to use the area will be encouraged to not smoke whilst using the beach and initiatives put in place by local beach bars and chiringuitos will be aimed at clearing the sand of cigarette butts.
A spokesman for the beach bars said that for every glass full of disguarded butts they find they will reward the collector with a free drink. The Councillor Susana Aragón who launched the project also commented that they will not fine beach goers who do smoke in the area.”
Our idea is to inform the population about the existence of a space where smoking is not recommended because of the high number of children who come to enjoy the water attractions and the sports court, and because more and more people are interested in having this type of smoke-free places.”According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking causes more than 1.2 million deaths every year.
Caption:Estepona to receive the Costa del Sol’s first smoke free beach.Credit: Facebook /Susana AragónGarcia