In Latvia, more than half of smokers do not care about throwing cigarette butts into the environment

In Latvia, more than half of smokers do not care about throwing cigarette butts into the environment
In Latvia, more than half of smokers do not care about throwing cigarette butts into the environment
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More than half, or 56%, of Latvian smokers do not care where the butts are thrown, representatives of “Latvijas Zaļā punkta” informed, referring to the data of the survey conducted by the Internet survey panel “Snapshots”.

About a fifth or 21% of smokers care about where the butts are thrown, while 23% of smokers do not have a very clear opinion on this issue.

As the main reason why cigarette butts are not thrown in the bins, 65% of smokers cite that people just don’t care where their butts end up. A little more than half or 52% of the respondents believe that the reason is the lack of waste bins, while 37% of smokers think that people do not realize that cigarette butts are waste.

Survey data show that most often (69%) smokers notice cigarette butts on streets and sidewalks, 58% – at public transport stops on the ground, 51% – in nature, including beaches, parks, forests and other places, and 50% – next to trash cans.

Director General of the State Environmental Service Andris Ķēniņš states that a management system for tobacco product filters is currently being introduced in Latvia, which means that manufacturers and traders of these products take some responsibility for reducing the impact of cigarette butts on the environment.

“Education of the public is essential in the management of cigarette butts, in the future, evaluating the possibilities of managing this type of waste in accordance with the principles of waste recycling,” notes Ķeniņš.

In order to draw attention to society’s habits of throwing cigarette butts in inappropriate places and to promote awareness of the dangers of the consequences of such behavior, “Latvijas Zaļais punkts” has started the campaign “A cigarette butts – a mine with a time degli”.

During the campaign, a traveling environmental object “Cīgmīnas” will be placed in several places in Latvia, encouraging the public to think about the impact of dropped cigarette butts on the environment. The first environmental object was opened on Monday in Riga, in Vermanes garden, where it can be viewed until May 21.

The survey was conducted by “Snapshots” in April 2024 on the order of “Latvijas Zaļā punkta”, surveying 714 smokers from 18 to 74 years of age.

A cigarette. Photo: Unisplash

The article is in Latvian

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