Marseille becomes latest French city to declares its beaches a no-smoking zone

Marseille becomes latest French city to declares its beaches a no-smoking zone
From Saturday, smoking will be banned on Marseille's four main beaches. Photo: AFP
The French city of Marseille has made its beaches no-smoking zones after a successful trial last summer.

From Saturday, August 15th, smoking will be banned on the city's Borély, Bonneveine, Pointe-Rouge and Prophète beaches until October 31st.

The city ran a trial smoking ban on beaches last summer, but now local authorities are bringing back the ban for the summer season.

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It joins La Rochelle, where smoking on the beach was banned last year, while several French cities including Paris and Strasbourg have introduced smoking bans in some parks.

Marseille's Premier Adjoint Benoît Payan said that as well as the health problems of passive smoking, especially for children, cigarettes were a pollution hazard.

He tweeted: “Just one cigarette can pollute 500l of water.”

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Member comments

  1. In the US, the only people who smoke anymore are uneducated, have less than a four-year degree. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is.

    They may have some intelligence and even be successful, but they can’t break themselves from their addiction to nicotine.

    I’d think the French would be better than that.

    I’d like to have lunch outside again. Heck, just walk down the street.

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