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PALMA DE MALLORCAUpdated:16/08/2019 06:23 pm

The ministry of Health of the balearic Government said Thursday that newly adhere to the four new sandy islanders to the network of “beaches without smoke”, launched this summer by the regional government, which presides over the socialist Francina Armengol. The past month of July had been incorporated for the first time, three coastal areas to the project, so there are already seven beaches of the Balearic islands that have joined this initiative.

The beach palmesana of Cala Estancia, located in the tourist area of Can Pastilla, became the first of Mallorca in which you can no longer smoke. Subsequently, he also gave the same step on the beach of Cala Anguila, in the municipality of Manacor, and in that of Sant Joan, in the town of Alcudia, in Mallorca. These three spaces are now add the beaches on majorca of Cala Deià (Deià), Colonia de Sant Pere (Artà) and Cala Millor (Sant Llorenç), as well as the beach menorquina of Binissafúller, in the municipality of Sant Lluís.

The network of “beaches smoke-free” has been driven by the departments of Health and of Environment of the Government. Its purpose is to promote healthy habits and to raise awareness among the population about the importance of not leaving waste in natural areas. In that sense, it is worth remembering that cigarette butts are the residue most abundant of the marine litter, even in front of the plastic. In addition, a single cigarette butt can contaminate up to eight litres of water. This initiative autonomous is intended also to try to avoid the danger posed by the butts to the little children playing in the sand, because of the risk of power swallow them accidentally.

A pilot project

The pilot project that the Government of the balearic islands has been started this summer is a volunteer and is directed to the municipalities of the coastal areas. In this context, each council can decide how much of its coastline adheres or not to the new network. In this way, spaces bounded in that they may not be smoking may be both beaches whole as specific sections of certain beaches. The municipal corporations will have to ensure that in such places, not to smoke, while the Local Police of each municipality will not be able to punish smokers, because for now we are not in the Balearic islands no city ordinance that explicitly prohibits smoking on the beaches.

In any case, the Law of Waste and Contaminated Soils of the Balearic Islands, approved in January of this year by the regional Parliament, set to the first point of its article 22 that in the by-laws should incorporate “measures of prevention and minimization of the abandonment of waste on the coast, as the butts of tobacco, containers, objects, rusty and other common use on the beaches”.

Regardless of the reasons health and environmental already mentioned, the network of “beaches smoke-free” also wants to improve the coexistence in the beaches, because they are dirty generate discomfort in the families, especially if visiting with children. The dirt generates, in addition, more expenses in cleaning. Finally, it should be emphasized that from the point of view of tourism are more and more valued the beaches smoke-free as of a claim to family tourism.

Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/sociedad/abci-baleares-cuenta-este-verano-siete-playas-sin-humo-201908160605_noticia.html

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