Cullera’s persistent smokers

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CULLERA: Smoking banned on all beachesPhoto credit: Culler

LAST month, Cullera (Valencia) banned smoking on its 15 kilometres of beaches.

The measure was approved at a council meeting in late July and as the No Smoking Flag was hoisted in the presence of the regional government’s Secretary for Public Health, Isaura Navarra, she declared that beaches were not ashtrays.

A month later Dumar, the concessionary that hires out beach umbrellas and sunbeds in Cullera, would no doubt have something to say about that.

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In just one hour, in an initiative that had the backing of Cullera town hall, Dumar employees and volunteers removed more than 700 cigarette ends from the sand on Sant Antoni beach.

Dumar sources said afterwards that they were aware that the smoking ban still had a long way to go and they had decided to collect the cigarette ends to bring home to the public the need to safeguard the coast.

A cigarette butt can take at least nine months to biodegrade and it will also leach toxic chemicals, including arsenic and lead amongst others, into the environment, polluting the sand, sea and air.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

2 COMMENTS

  1. You sell millions of euros of cheap cigarettes and then complain about cigarette buts being a problem, solution is stop selling cheap cigarettes or provide more bins for the cigarette buts smoking ,tobacco Is an addiction and should be treated as such, if you are willing to sell to addicts you are Also responsible for cleaning up the packaging you sold it to them.

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