Costa Rica has no cigarette letter (image: Lisa Graa Jensen)
How to stop cigarette litter, obviously starts with helping those who wish to quit, to give up. Millions of cigarette butts are discarded each year, which causes harm to all creatures, they are also fire hazards.
Over 50 million worldwide have quit smoking (and electronic cigarettes) using Allen Carr method (the NHS won’t use it, even though it has higher success than nicotine patches – which are more expensive, have side effects and are tested on animals). Quit Smoking Bootcamp and Finally Free!
Ayurvedic doctor Deepak Chopra used to smoke a packet of cigarettes a day (and drank black coffee by the hour). He quit by taking up meditation, and says one reason why so many people find it hard to quit – is because the media and doctors keep telling people it’s hard to quit! He says in reality, it’s not.
If you continue to smoke, never just stub out butts on the ground. As when it rains, they wash down storm drains and go into the sea. Also never throw them out of the car window, for the same reason. Another danger is dropping butts on dry grass in warm weather. This can cause wildfires.
- Boodi is a personal ashtray, to safely extinguish cigarettes, until you find a bin. It also comes in a beach version (pour sand in to snuff out the butt, then the sand pours out the hole in the bottom.
- Glasdon sells many types of cigarette litter bins for outside pubs, shops and clubs. Art for Urban sells litter bins, which look like cigarettes.
What do other countries do? Saudi Arabia bans smoking in most public places (even outside). Many Canadian provinces have done the same, and also banned smoking with children in cars. Bhutan sends you to prison if you are not one of the few people allowed to smoke. And Costa Rica has the world’s strictest regulations, with hardly anyone allowed to smoke outside their garden, and no cigarette litter.