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Quit Smoking for a littering refund

Published Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Quit Smoking and get a littering fine refund.

Smokers who are "fined" £80 for dropping cigarette butts will receive shopping vouchers worth £60 if they complete a stop smoking course, Enfield Council has announced.

The Enfield scheme, the first of its type in the UK, will be launched on National No Smoking (March 14th) and aims to reduce the amount of cigarette butts discarded carelessly in Enfield, which are estimated to cost Enfield £1.5million a year to clean up. The scheme will also encourage people to give up smoking.

Each year Enfield Council issues approximately 4,900 fixed penalty notices for littering to people who are seen discarding butts in the street, of these around 100 each month are prosecuted for non-payment.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Chris Bond, said: "We want residents to give up smoking because it's terribly unhealthy, but we also want them to stop throwing used cigarette butts all over our borough because it costs us a fortune to pick them up.

"This scheme is great because it encourages people to stop smoking in the first place, and if you don't smoke you won't scatter cigarette butts everywhere you go."

Dr Shahad Ahmad, Joint Director of Public Health for NHS Enfield and Enfield Council, said: "Smoking is the biggest killer in Enfield, and its fantastic that Enfield Council has developed this innovative scheme, which will incentivise smokers to quit."

The Enfield and Haringey Tobacco Control Alliance will also be out and about in Enfield on National No Smoking Day handing out leaflets to shoppers highlighting the help and support available to people who want to give up smoking.

And Vicky Barr, GB Olympic squad 400m runner and Cllr Christine Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Public Health will be supporting the Enfield Stop Smoking team as they offer their free help to anyone who wants to become smoke-free in Enfield Town Centre.

A 'quit smoking trailer' will be parked in Market Place throughout the day. Smokers will be able sign onto free stop smoking courses, receive promotional materials and get advice from the professional stop smoking advisors.

Cllr Hamilton, said: "Smoking is the greatest cause of death and disability in Enfield, and our Enfield Stop Smoking Service has helped over 5000 people to stop smoking. They have an incredibly high success rate.

"Smoking is also one of the biggest causes of house fires, so the Fire Brigade is keen to support the Smoking Service in their work."

If anyone cannot attend the above and wants to stop smoking, or advice about the smoking service, please ring either 0800 6528405 or 020 83701022 or visit quitsmokinguk.

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