Venice’s Bibione beach and resort is the first to ban smoking. It has has been in effect since May. This ban is to prevent the pollution that occurs from discarded cigarette butts. The Bibione beach website includes a small saying which reads, “Healthy Holidays for Everyone.”
This mission is known as the “Breathe the Sea Air Project.” The attempt to create a smoke-free beach actually began 8 years ago in 2011 when Bibione Beach banned smoking on the shoreline. Pasqualino Codognotto, the mayor of San Michele al Tagliamento-Bibione explained that he would like to do this not only to keep the air and humans healthy but to promote a culture that values and practices respect.
Since the beach is large, there will be areas specifically designated for people who wish to continue to smoke. This area will be distanced away from the rest of the beach. The ban was actually based on the opinion of Italy’s tourists. There were 2,293 individuals surveyed during the trial and 1,729 were in favor of the ban. The Breathe the Sea Air project has the support from many organizations including World Health Organization (WHO), the Italian Ministry of Health, and the Veneto Regional Authorities.
For more information visit: Bibione.com
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