French Ski Resort is First in Europe to Ban Smoking

Les Gets, the ski area and resort in the French Alps, became the first in Europe to ban smoking.

According to the resort’s website, the municipality of Les Gets has joined a project to combat the pollution caused by cigarette butts being thrown on the ground in the resort.

Since December 17, when the resort opened its doors for the winter season, it is forbidden to smoke on the ski slopes or chairlifts. However, five smoking areas are available for those who cannot or do not want to stay tobacco-free. Those areas are marked with banners.

Skiers are also allowed to smoke wherever in the village, but it is forbidden to throw cigarette ends on the ground.

“In 2022, more than 3,000 cigarette ends were collected over the ski area and in the village during the “Montagne Propre” (Clean Mountain) day. In France, between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes of cigarette ends are thrown into nature each year,” the Les Gets website says.

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