Cigarette butts are the number one most littered items in the world, posing a major threat to the marine environment.
Every year 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are discarded globally, with each one taking up to 12 years to degrade.
ASH Wales believes banning smoking on Wales’ beaches will play a major role in helping to reduce cigarette litter, protect wildlife and prevent young children from being affected by second hand smoke.
Our beautiful beaches
Wales’ beautiful coastline boasts the most beaches with Blue Flag status in the UK.
Since our Smokefree Beaches campaign was launched in 2016, three of Wales beaches’ have introduced voluntary smoking bans, Little Haven in Pembrokeshire and in Swansea, Caswell Bay and Langland Bay.
With the support of the Welsh Government, we are continuing to work with local authorities to make more beaches across the country smoke free.
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.
Opinion polls show that support for smoke free spaces in Wales is strong.
Our campaign has been supported by environmental groups including the organisation Surfers Against Sewage.
In many other parts of the world smoking bans on beaches have been successfully implemented and with strong public support, including in Mexico, Japan, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada and, in the US, California, Maine, Massachusetts and New York. ASH Wales has strong links with public health representatives in other countries and works with them to design campaigns for smoke free 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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