To lessen the risk of bushfires and reduce litter, the NSW state government announced last 16th of November that smoking is to be banned in all national parks.
Every year, there are about seven billion cigarette butts dropped in Australia, making the country look unpleasant.
Aside from the unsightly appearance, cigarette butts consist of hazardous chemicals which can potentially harm the environment, as well as its wildlife.
Among the hazardous chemicals present in a cigarette butt are arsenic and lead. When accidentally eaten by the wildlife, they may be poisoned.
According to Environment Minister Rob Stokes, the said smoking ban would all apply to national park roads, walking tracks, campgrounds, lookouts, picnic areas and beaches.
Stokes reiterated that this movement is serious about reducing the fire risk and littering in NSW which greatly help in making the communities safer.
According to Police and Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres, the penalty is doubled for littering lighted cigarettes. From $330 to $660, one would be fined if the new regulation is not duly followed.
If someone discarded a lighted cigarette on a total fire ban day, the regular fine of $660 will become $1320.
Currently, the NSW has 860 national parks that consist of the state’s most beautiful and preserved natural areas.