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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Air quality to improve on a Busan beach

June 06, 2007

The city of Busan (Korea) has decided that the city’s most popular beach, Haeundae Beach, will now be smoke free.

The ban was announced on 31 May, International No Tobacco Day, and included various anti-smoking promotional exhibits on the beach.  ‘No Smoking’ signs will be posted on the promenades and roads along the beach.

The ban is being implemented to not only improve air quality, but to reduce the health impacts of secondhand smoke, and to reduce the amount of waste strewn on the beach from cigarette packaging and cigarette butts.

After a review in 2008, the number of designated smoking areas may be increased.

Waste management approaches also reduce transportation-related emissions and overall energy savings by reusing items that would otherwise have to be manufactured. Also, a dependence on landfills can be reduced through waste prevention and recycling measures, resulting in the further elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on the importance of waste management, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Busan is one of 30 local governments in Korea that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Korea, please visit www.iclei.org/korea.

Source:  “Haeundau beach bans smoking”, The Korea Herald, 1 June 2007.