Smokefree beaches

The first beaches in Wales to become smokefree launched in spring of 2016. There are currently 2 beaches piloting voluntary smoking bans - Little Haven in Pembrokeshire and Caswell Bay in Swansea

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There is clear evidence that young people are influenced by seeing adults smoke - this is why, following on from our hugely successful smokefree playgrounds campaign, we are continuing to identify areas where young people congregate.

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.

Smokefree beaches 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.

Public support

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.

The future

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.

  • If you are interested in campaigning for a smokefree beach near you please contact us
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