Smok­ers told no butts on beaches

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The GreekCancer So­ci­ety has called on smok­ers to re­frain from leav­ing cig­a­rette butts on the coun­try’s beaches, un­der­lin­ing the risks to public health and the en­vi­ron­ment from an es­ti­mated 22 bil­lion cig­a­rette ends dis­carded on streets and beaches ev­ery year.

“Dear smok­ers, if you can­not avoid smok­ing, at least make sure that you put your butts into some kind of makeshift ash­tray... and then dis­pose of them in a garbage bin,” the so­ci­ety said.

Ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates by con­ser­va­tion groups, cig­a­rette ends ac­count for nearly 40 per­cent of the garbage re­moved from beaches.

The so­ci­ety also called on the gov­ern­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to launch aware­ness cam­paigns so that swim­mers take greater care of the coun­try’s beaches. Such drives could be a chal­lenge in Greece, where a ban on smok­ing in public spa­ces in­tro­duced seven years ago has seen scant en­force­ment.

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