SMOKERS face fines of up to 500 euros for putting out cigarettes in the sand and leaving the stubs on the beach.
The fines vary from resort to resort, depending on the municipal bylaws.
The maximum fine allowed in Pollensa, for example, is 60 euros, but in Alcudia it can be as high as 500.
And while Calvia and Palma can fine between 30 and 300 euros for the same offence, the fine goes up to 900 euros if it is repeated.
The Balearic environment ministry has devised cone-shaped ashtrays made of fireproof cardboard which are distributed free of charge.
The ministry has a supply of 176'600 of the ashtrays which will be handed out between now and August, but will order more if there is a demand.
Palma is the council which has asked for most -- 70'000 ashtrays for Arenal, Can Pere Antoni and other beaches in the municipality.
Calvia, whose beaches include Palmanova and Magalluf, has asked for 15'000 and Andratx 8'000.
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