11 September 2008

Smoking and its socialised effects in Manly

Secondhand smoke exposure in Manly's public places, such as the beach, the streets, lanes and out-door eateries is causing direct physical injury to people wishing to share these public spaces. Lunch-time would be a prime time to enforce the law in these places. The no-smoke signs are a prefered smoking location.

After the big rain, the beach was thick with butts, causing the leaching of toxins into the environment. The paved environments are also carpeted with this toxic anti-product.

Mega litter and toxic run-off into beaches and waterways:

  • 7 billion cigarette butts are littered by Australia's 3.7 million smokers every year.
  • Cigarette butt litter still accounts for around 50% of all the litter in Australia

Cause of dangerous and costly fires:
  • "..for every 1,000 smouldering butts that are discarded, 40 fires could result."
  • 7% of Australia's bushfires are caused by discarded cigarettes - that's over 4,500 fires a year caused by cigarettes and smoking materials.
Facts via Planet Ark

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