10,000 ci­garette butts at beaches

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DEB­BIE JAMIESON

A Queen­stown woman who col­lected 10,000 stinky ci­garette butts from Queen­stown beaches has asked the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil to im­pose a smok­ing ban.

On Tues­day Smith joined with health groups to make a sub­mis­sion on the coun­cil’s 10-year plan call­ing for the ban at the town’s beaches

Over 30 days Liz Smith col­lected 10,527 ci­garette butts from Queen­stown Bay and Frank­ton Beach and pho­tographed the re­sult to make a ‘‘vis­ual state­ment’’.

She posted her fi­nal photo on pop­u­lar Face­book page Queen­stown Trad­ing on the week­end and asked for ‘‘yes’’ re­sponses to show sup­port.

By Mon­day af­ter­noon more than 3700 peo­ple had re­sponded.

‘‘The sup­port has been awe­some...Peo­ple are just shocked when they see it to­gether in that amount.’’

She was of­ten sur­prised how many she found just two days af­ter she had al­ready cleaned up an area.

‘‘It ranged from be­tween 200 to 600 in a day. One day I did Queen­stown Beach and it was about 1000 and that’s just me col­lect­ing for 20 min­utes.’’

Be­fore the meet­ing Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said he was not sure a ban would be pos­si­ble.

Coun­cil had con­sid­ered it be­fore and would ad­dress it again. ‘‘It’s dif­fi­cult be­cause we live in a free world and smok­ing is le­gal.’’

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Queen­stown woman Liz Smith col­lected over 10,000 ci­garette butts.

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