Cigarette butts: in the new law 221 of 28 December 2015, in force since 2 February 2016, they are provided for fines up to 300 Euros for those who throw the cigarette butts on the floor.
Pollution from cigarette butts constitutes a real problem and the government has decided to intervene: now we will see if the various municipalities will be able to really apply these sanctions as in Italy too many laws remain without real application and in the past some municipalities had tried to issue ordinances to punish who throws butts on the ground!
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Smoking is not at all ecological and it is proven that it is highly harmful to health, but at least citizens should use the appropriate dispensers instead of throwing cigarette butts on the ground.
The best solution to avoid fines and feel better would obviously be to quit smoking but, if you can, the minimum is to behave as civilized people and not abandon the cigarette butts on the ground.
Cigarette butts: disposal times
It takes at least 5 years to naturally dispose of a cigarette filter! The cigarette butt contains toxic substances such as nicotine, ammonia and benzene that are released quickly and contribute to polluting the air we breathe and the waters of our rivers because often, the cigarette butts end up, pushed by the rain into the sewers and from here they arrive in our rivers by polluting them!
Fines for the sale of cigarettes to minors
The new law also provides for a tightening of penalties for the sale of cigarettes to minors: the fine goes from 500 to 3,000 euros to which is added the possible suspension of the license for the exercise of the business for a period of 15 days. If the transgression is repeated, it will also lead to the closure of the business.
Cigarette butts: it is forbidden to throw them even in waters or drains
The new law 221 in force since February 2, 2016 also explicitly prohibits throwing butts into the waters or drains (how many times have I seen people throw butts into the waters of the Navigli or Lake Como as if nothing had happened!) With similar sanctions.
Fines not only for cigarette butts
The new law rightly provides for fines even for those who throw receipts, paper handkerchiefs and chewing gum on the ground. In this case the penalty is “less expensive”: from 30 to 150 Euros.
Perhaps too mild, especially for chewing gum, considering that a recent study by Ama (Azienda Municipale Ambiente Spa) had calculated that in Rome the removal of chewing-gum ("chewing gum" or "butts") costs something like 5.5 million Euros (!) And that on average, in every square meter of road, there are 20 tires stuck to the asphalt!
Binders for the collection of butts
Art. 40 of the new law also provides that the Municipalities "shall install special bins in the streets, parks and places of high social aggregation for the collection of butts of smoking products." so that even those without the appropriate cigarette holder dispenser have no "excuses" to throw cigarette butts on the ground.
Law 221 of 28 December 2015: where to read the full text
The complete text of Law 221 is available to everyone in the Official Gazette. To read article 40 relating to the provisions on cigarette butts, click on number 40 in the navigation menu on the left.
Law 221 of 28 December 2015: other relevant provisions
Among the most important provisions for the protection of our health contained in the law, I list the most significant ones in my opinion:
- All promotional elements are banned on cigarette packages and the new warnings include a combination of text (eg "Smoking causes 90% of lung cancer cases", "Smoking can kill the baby in the womb", " Smoking increases the risk of impotence ”, etc.),“ strong images ”and warnings to discourage buying.
- Smoking is prohibited in the car if there are minors or pregnant women.
- It is forbidden to smoke in the vicinity of "university hospitals, hospitals and pediatric scientific research and care institutes and the external appurtenances of the gynecology and obstetrics, neonatology and pediatric departments of university hospitals and hospitals and IRCCS ".
- New safety and quality requirements for electronic cigarettes are introduced.
A little good will on the part of smokers would still be enough to solve the problem of butts.
Dispose of cigarette butts outside the home
If you are away from home and want to behave responsibly, avoid throwing cigarette butts on the ground both to avoid the possibility of a very high fine and above all, you should do it, to safeguard everyone's assets, even yours.
On sale there is no shortage of pocket butts holders, small, compact, perfumed, made with fireproof material and that no longer give you excuses! Thanks to these dispensers you will always know where to dispose of your cigarette butts, even when there are no ashtrays nearby.
Among the various products on the market I would like to point out one with an airtight seal (also suitable for women who do not risk soiling the contents of the handbag with the ash residues of the same butt). On this Amazon page you can find the different cigarette butts dispensers.