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Baltic beaches declared no smoking zones

The Local · 13 Jun 2012, 12:56

Published: 13 Jun 2012 12:56 GMT+02:00

Smoke-free beaches are few and far between along Germany's Baltic and North Sea coastline. But since last Friday, two 20-metre stretches in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania have been reserved for those keen to have their fresh sea air just as it is.

There is one beach near the town of Warnemünde and another in the Markgrafenheide area, where over the weekend visitors to both seemed to be respecting the ban, local newspaper the Ostsee Zeitung reported on Friday.

Rostock's Director of Tourism, Matthias Fromm, gave the idea a temporary test-run last year and found that it quickly resulted in far fewer cigarette butts left in the sand.

And although lighting-up on one of the beaches is not a finable offence, Fromm said he found it only took a sign to deter visitors from lighting up.

No other smoke-free beaches are in the pipeline for that stretch of the Baltic. But a similar ban has been working well on the popular holiday island of Rügen and on a tiny handful of North Sea beaches.

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Your comments about this article

15:24 June 13, 2012 by Rhino111
It will be nice to be able to go to the beach and not feel like I'm sitting in someone's ash tray.
19:42 June 13, 2012 by rfwilson
Another unenforceable law that will ignored.
11:50 July 27, 2012 by jg.
I'm an ex-smoker and like the ban on smoking in restaurants but this is daft. The only issue I can see with smoking on a beach (and other outside spaces) is people leaving cigarettes butts on the beach. It is a problem of litter, not smoking and also applies to plastic bottles, cans, sweet wrappers, etc.
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