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Travel: Haute-Savoie: A ski resort prohibits tobacco on tracks, an unprecedented decision in Europe

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The Gets station thus wishes to fight pollution linked to cigarettes thrown into the wild by skiers

Des stations sans tabac existent déjà en Amérique du Nord, au Japon et en Nouvelle-Zélande. Illustration © Noname_13 / Pixabay Tobacco without exists in North America, Japan and New Zealand. Illustration Environment - The Gets station thus wishes to fight pollution linked to cigarettes thrown into the wild by

skiers from Saturday, it will be strictly prohibited from smoking on the Gets ski area ( Haute -Savoie ) . The station officially becomes non-smoking until the end of the winter season, a first in Europe. The decision was made in order to combat pollution linked to abandoned cigarettes in the wild: around 3,000 butts are picked up each year on this site, specifies the station in a press release identified by France 3 Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .

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In previous years, the ski resort had tried to raise awareness among smokers, especially by distributing pocket ashtrays for free. But the message did not seem to pass.

Five zones for smokers

"It is first of all a real step forward to defend the environment in our mountains. […] We may be wiping criticism, but it goes in the direction of history, "said Benjamin Mugnier Commercial Director of Gets to the Parisian . "It is more incitement to quit smoking. And for non-smokers, this will reduce passive smoking in the queues or in the lifts.

Nevertheless, the station has created five smoking areas at the top of the ski lifts. The ashtrays are made from skis recycled by the Skitec Cooperative Company. The butts will be harvested and valued in energy by the Association Tree6Clope.

in North America, Japan and New Zealand, tobacco-free ski resorts already exist.

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