Italy’s first smoke free beachby Roberta Lunghini - 2015.06.19
Bibione, near Venice, is Italy's first smoke-free beach and it will be putting up no-smoking signs again this summer. The 'Respira il Mare' (the sea breathes) project was started last year, with the aim of protecting the sea, the land and people from passive smoking and cigarette stubs. Smokers can smoke under their sun umbrellas, but not on the rest of the beach, which spans a width of between five and 15 metres along eight kilometres of coast. This helps to achieve healthier air, less rubbish and children who don't put cigarette ends in their mouth. The bins provided saved the sea from 250,000 butts in 2014.
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