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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Smoking ban brings new problems
Cigarettes on streets
People have been complaining about the mess on streets
Scotland's smoking ban has been hailed as a great success in Clackmannanshire, but officials are now facing the problem of discarded cigarette ends.

Since it came into force, environmental officers have not had to issue any enforcement or warning notices.

But the local authority is now having to crack down on the number of cigarette ends left lying at the doors to premises such as pubs and cafes.

The council warned that anyone caught littering faces a 200 fine.

Two months into the ban on smoking in public places, Clackmannanshire Council officials have only had to intervene in a small number of minor cases, such as shops not carrying the correct signs.

'Unacceptable' problem

However they are now receiving litter complaints from members of the public.

Health protection officer Andy Hair said: "While some businesses can offer a smoking shelter to their customers, others are unable to do this.

"Some businesses provide cigarette bins and external ashtrays, and these are well used.

"However, we have had reports that the exterior of some premises are littered with cigarette ends.

"This is unacceptable and we will be seeking the assistance of smokers to ensure that public places are free of this sort of litter."


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