If smokers don’t feel guilty enough polluting the air in parks and streets, as they smoke outdoors where other people drop like flies from obnoxious diseases all around them because of it, here is a new thing in the offing to make them feel absolutely worse!
This is from Surfer Today…are you ready? (my bold at the end)
European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis urged countries to make all public spaces smoke-free, including beaches, parks, sports facilities, but also cars with children.
Currently, only seven European countries have a complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places. They are Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
According to the European Commission, tobacco kills 700,000 deaths every year in the 28 member states that comprise the European Union.
The European Union has 142 million smokers, i.e., 28 percent of the population smoke. The official numbers also indicate that 29 percent of young Europeans aged 15-24 have daily smoking habits.
In the past decade, European countries adopted several tobacco control measures, including advertising restrictions, higher taxes on tobacco products, packaging, and labeling limitations, and anti-smoking campaigns.
The European Union notes that 94 percent of all smokers start smoking before they reach 25 years of age.
Cigarette butts are also becoming a major problem in the beaches of the Old Continent. The over 165 chemicals found in a cigarette have profound negative effects on the marine ecosystem, and the filters take many years to decompose because they’re made of a form of plastic.
There – don’t you feel dreadful now that your habit is killing all the itty bitty fishes too?
Maybe smokers are killing off all life on earth? I expect so.
If butts are such a problem, why don’t Tobacco Companies bring back unfiltered cigarettes?
Easy peasy really, yes?