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Councils butt in on smokers’ careless habits

Posted at 10:00 am, February 4, 2013 in News
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As if smokers didn’t have enough to worry about what with all the related diseases, expense, worry about starting fires, chilly outdoor conditions and scary pictures on fag packets. It seems certain councils in London are upping their earnings by employing wardens to stalk smokers and fine them £80 for dropping their butts. The BBC reported that ‘Islington Council issued 2,348 fines last year – compared to 122 and 78 in neighbouring boroughs Hackney and Camden.’ However, smokers complain that councils often don’t provide adequate bins for cigarette extinguishing. Either it’s a money grabbing scheme or they just care about people’s health. You decide. Jude Brosnan

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