Smoking will be banned on Nice beaches from next summer

The mayor of Nice announced in a statement that all beaches in the city will be “tobacco-free” by summer 2024.

“My goal is twofold: to protect the health of the people of Nice and the environment,” Christian Estrosi said. said.

He stated that 150 million cigarette butts are thrown into the streets of Nice, France’s fifth largest city, every year and that this is “an important source of pollution”.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cigarette butts are the second most common litter found on European beaches.

Last year, WHO called on governments around the world to treat cigarette filters as single-use plastics and ban them because they harm the environment and have no proven health benefits.

Also read: Two in five teenagers admit to littering French motorways

expand the area

In 2012, Nice was one of the first cities to ban smoking on one of its pebble beaches.

Next summer, the smoking ban will be extended to the entire publicly accessible Nice beach.

This decision was taken together with him. league against cancerAn association working to make the fight against cancer a social issue and its new president in Alpes-Maritimes, Laurence Cressin-Bensa.

The aim is to protect children and non-smokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Mr Estrosi has also said he wants to make Nice a “zero plastic” city by 2025.

Already banned elsewhere

Nice, which will host the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2025, wants to get rid of cigarette butts and smokers on its seashores in order to set an example.

But there are already plenty of non-smoking beaches elsewhere.

The neighboring town of Cagnes-sur-Mer introduced a smoking ban on beaches last summer.

In 2020, Marseille chose to ban smoking on all of its supervised beaches during the peak tourist season from June 1 to September 1.

Many other seaside towns in France, such as Cannes and Menton, followed with two and one smoke-free beaches respectively. The move has so far proven to be well received by locals and tourists.

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