Epidemiologists advise no smoking on beaches and terraces to avoid infections

Experts warn that tobacco use puts smokers and non-smokers at risk of infection
The Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE) has demanded that all the terraces of bars and restaurants, beaches, outdoor shows and private cars be converted into smoke-free zones and has warned that tobacco consumption increases the possibility of contagion of Covid-19.
In a statement, the Smoking Group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE) proposes to expand smoke-free spaces to protect the population from tobacco smoke and warns that tobacco use in outdoor spaces puts both smokers and nonsmokers at risk of becoming infected with Covid-19.
In a statement, the SEE said that smokers who are infected and asymptomatic can emit droplets of water with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, putting the rest of the population at risk.
The SEE recognizes that anti-smoking laws have managed to significantly reduce smoke exposure, but recommends taking a step further. It considers that there are still spaces, both indoor and outdoor, not regulated by law in which smoke levels are high, which carries significant health risks for smokers and those around them, especially minors.
In fact, it states that 80% of establishments in Spain break the law by allowing smoking on terraces covered with two or more side closings which often means that concentration of nicotine and particles can exceed the levels found in interior spaces when smoking was once allowed.
At the moment, the Government is working on the implementation of a new anti-smoking regulations which include an increase in taxes and the comparison of vaping with traditional cigarettes in order to be able to prohibit vaping in non smoking areas.
Another new piece of legislation could be the prohibition of smoking in private cars, a matter pending regulation in Spain but one which is already in place in other countries such as Canada, the United States and Italy.
However, the SEE believes that these measures should be accompanied by an increase in spaces in which smoking tobacco or derived products are not allowed, such as beaches, hotel terraces, sports facilities and outdoor shows, bus stops and train platforms, entrances to educational centres where there is the presence of minors, university campuses and in private vehicles.