With support from the Welsh Government, we are continuing work with local authorities to further develop smokefree policies that will protect young people from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke as well as protecting our beautiful beaches from the blight of litter.
Our beautiful beaches
Wales has some of the best beaches in the UK with many qualifying for Blue Flag status. Banning smoking will have a huge impact on reducing litter; cigarette litter is the number one most littered thing in the world with 4.5 trillion being discarded annually, each of which taking numerous years to degrade. For this reason, our campaign also has the support from the organisation Surfers Against Sewage.
A ban would work on the same basis as the ban on smoking in playgrounds – a voluntary scheme with signage and communications in the local area. We understand that there are different ways in which beaches are managed, some are maintained by National Trust and some fall under local authority control.
Why smokefree beaches?
Download our Toolkit
If you’re looking to implement smokefree beaches in your area, download our Smokefree Beaches Toolkit below. This informational toolkit is adaptable for all local authorities across Wales as part of this campaign.
Run a beach cleanup
Organising a beach clean up is the best way to determine the extent of the problem on your local beach. We can offer support to help get our beaches and coastline looking beautiful and ready for everyone to enjoy during the busy summer months.
We know from opinion polls that public support for smokefree spaces in Wales is high. Smokefree beaches are not a new idea.
In many parts of the world they have been successfully implemented with public support: Canada (Vancouver), United States (California, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York), Mexico, Japan, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Australia. We have good links with public health representatives in other countries who have been actively involved in campaigning for and developing smokefree beaches.
We believe that Wales can lead the way in the UK on smokefree spaces. With the support and cooperation of local councils we will make a huge difference to the health of young people and the standard of our beaches.
Who can help me to quit smoking?
Help Me Quit is a new, free NHS service in Wales. They will help you to pick the best way to quit, whether that’s telephone support, one-to-one or group meetings or the local pharmacy. They can also recommend which nicotine replacements, such as patches or gum, are best for you.
Phone: 0800 085 2219 – Text: HMQ to 80818
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