From summer 2019, smoking will be banned all over the beach in the Veneto seaside resort. Smokers will be provided with special areas made with wood from certified forests.
Bibione is saying goodbye to cigarettes on the sand: from summer 2019, it will be the first Italian beach to offer tourists unadulterated, completely smoke-free sea air. After a number of trials and initiatives in recent years, especially as part of the “Breathe the Sea Air” project, the beach resort – which has some of the highest visitor numbers in Italy – has underlined its status as a cutting-edge tourist destination that respects the health of both people and the environment. From the 2019 season, smoking will be banned all along Bibione’s 8 km beach. The measures will be established by the end of May by a special town council ordinance and the new system will be promoted by a dedicated campaign.
The plans for implementing the smoking ban will include setting up specially equipped smoking areas with clear boundaries. They will be built using certified wood under the “Filiera Solidale” initiative launched by PEFC Italy following the floods that devastated the Alpine forests in North-East Italy in October 2018. Thanks to the large size of Bibione beach, there will be plenty of space for comfortable smoking areas in the shade for those who do not want to give up the habit. Smoking will also be permitted in the beach kiosks.