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The ban on smoking on the beach should be extended to all Italian beaches to protect the public health of the community. This was stated in recent days there Codacons, following the decision of Lampedusa and of Linosa to allow smoking only in designated areas with ashtrays.
As pointed out by the association, the dissemination of no smoking beach is affecting more and more Italian locations. The municipalities of Sassari and Savona, for example, have prohibited smoking on the beach, severely sanctioning offenders.
Based on these initiatives, Codacons thus launched its appeal: "We will contact the Ministry of the Environment asking for a national measure that rules and expressly prohibits smoking on Italian beaches”.
The consequences of smoking for the environment
Cigarettes are not just a health hazard. The habit of smoking also has serious consequences for the environment. In 2012, theAeneas (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) estimated that only in our country are thrown away every year 51 billion butts. These cigarette remains contain 324 tons of nicotine but also 1400 tons of tar and condensate. The list of harmful substances does not end there. In the butts there are benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, chromium and toluene.
These impressive figures are flanked by those of the entire planet. In the relationship Tobacco and its Environmental Impact: an Overview published in 2017 byWorld Health Organization (WHO) it is highlighted how the bad habit of smokers to throw their butts on the ground leads "annually to approximately 680 million pounds of tobacco waste worldwide."As specified by the WHO, these wastes also contain over 7,000 chemicals that infiltrate and accumulate in the environment, ending up in our streets, in our sewers, in our seas and proving to be extremely toxic to aquatic organisms.
But theecological footprint of tobacco it goes much further. Alarming information can also be learned from a report presented by Imperial College London, on the occasion of the Conference on the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) of 2018. The document shows that the production of cigarettes consumed annually in the world involves the use of as many as 22 billion tons of water and the emission of 84 million tons of CO2 per year. Of these, about 21 tons of carbon dioxide come from tobacco cultivation, 45 from its treatment and 16 from the manufacture of cigarettes.
Data that make you think. Even more so if combined with the impact that tobacco consumption produces on human health, playing a decisive role in the onset of various diseases, some of which, we recall, are very serious and with a fatal course.