10 Oct, 2022 @ 17:16
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Barcelona issues zero fines for smoking on beaches, despite ban being in place since July

Summer-like temperatures to remain in Spain’s Malaga until Saturday
People walking along a breakwater.

IN April of this year, Barcelona City Hall banned smoking from all of its beaches, with €30 fines since July for anyone breaking the rules. Despite the crackdown, however, not a single penalty has so far been issued for an infraction. 

Despite this lack of punishment, the councillor for environmental transition in City Hall, Eloi Badia, today called the initiative a success. He reported that anyone told not to smoke on the beaches by the authorities has responded respectfully, and has either put out their cigarette or moved off the sand. 

According to information provided by Badia, and reported by Spanish daily El País, just 1% of users of the Catalan capital’s beaches smoked while on the sands, while some 70% of beachgoers said that they were aware of the prohibition. 

Badia also explained that the beaches in the city have now returned to the numbers of visitors seen before the pandemic, with nearly five million people making use of them this year. 

This rise, however, has also meant more rescues by lifeguards, which have risen from 3,883 in 2021 to 5,506 in 2022.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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