Barcelona has recently announced that it will ban smoking on four of its main beaches from May this year. These include the beaches of Sant Miquel, Somorrostro, Nova Icaria and Nova Mar Bella.
Many Barcelona have praised the move, while many others have taken to social media to express their anger at the new rule.
As well as being horrible to find between your toes when sunbathing or when your kids are building a sandcastle, cigarette butts are harmful to the environment and marine life.
A discarded cigarette butt is made of over 97 percent cellulose acetate and contains 4,000+ chemical toxins.
But, discarded cigarette butts are just half the issue, the other problem is the smoke, which on Spain’s crowded beaches can affect the health and well-being of many others around.
Barcelona is of course not the only Spanish city to have banned smoking on its public beaches. We take a look at which other beaches across the country have put a stop to it.
Besides the four beaches in Barcelona, many of Catalonia’s beaches have banned smoking, all the way up to the Costa Brava. In fact, Catalonia became the first region to designate a ‘smoke free’ beach when the town of L’Escala introduced the rule back in 2006. Since then, it has been extended to a total of eight beaches in the region, these are Sant Feliu, Sant Pol, Canyerets, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Playa de Ocata, in El Masnou, Playa de Sa Boadella, Canyelles, Treumal and Fenals, in Lloret de Mar and Playa de L’Escala.
The region of Galicia has the most smoke free beaches in Spain, with a whopping 141 ocean and river beaches imposing the ban. These include 51 beaches in the province of A Coruña, 24 in Lugo, 10 in Ourense and 56 in Pontevedra.
Some of the most popular and well-known beaches that are free from tobacco include Santa Cristina in Oleiros, A Rapadoira in Foz, and Silgar in Sanxenxo.
Asturias designated smoke-free beaches for the first time last summer, but the ban could be extended throughout the region this summer.
The list currently includes Playa de Misiego, El Puntal y Miami in Villaviciosa and Playa de Los Quebrantos in Soto del Barco.