Paris tight­ens fine for smok­ers drop­ping cig­a­rette butts

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Stricter mea­sures to stop peo­ple drop­ping cig­a­rette butts on the streets of Paris have come into force. Smok­ers caught flick­ing their stub on the pave­ment now face a €68 (£50) fine.

An es­ti­mated 350 tonnes of cig­a­rettes are dis­carded on the streets of Paris each year, city of­fi­cials say.

France’s ban on smok­ing in public places was ex­tended to in­clude bars and restau­rants in 2008. About 28% of peo­ple in France are reg­u­lar smok­ers - a rel­a­tively high rate for the EU.

Some observers say the ban in bars and restau­rants has in­creased lit­ter­ing as smok­ers are forced out­side. Cig­a­rette butts can take years to de­com­pose, dur­ing which time they re­lease heavy met­als and pol­lu­tants.

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