Smoking may be on the decline, but any event will still have attendees who want to smoke. How can you make sure smokers are properly managed – disposing of their debris safely and keeping to designated areas?
In the seventies, half of all adults in the UK smoked and until the ban in 2007, it was common for many events to take place in fug of smoke with ashtrays on every table.
While, the Government has pledged to ensure we all kick the habit by 2030, in the meantime 15% of people still smoke. Banned by law from puffing on cigarettes indoors, smokers at events now head outside during any break.
But without proper provision for smokers to dispose of their smoking debris safely, this can lead to discarded cigarette butts just outside doorways at indoor events – and on the ground everywhere when the whole event is outdoors.
Smokers will also cluster together at exits, blocking the walkways and meaning attendees have to walk through their smoke to get in and out of the event.
‘There will still be people at any event who want to smoke and it’s in your business interest to make provision for them,’ says Nicola Boon, marketing manager at Keep Britain Tidy.
‘It’s best to channel them to a designated and clearly-marked smoking area and then provide plenty of ash bins. It will keep them, event organisers and all the non-smokers happy.’
‘If you don’t manage smoking provision, you can end up with discarded butts everywhere which is deeply unpleasant and leads to a big, and possibly expensive, clearing up job.’
‘You can also end up with smokers congregating around entrances and exits at a venue, making for a horrible experience for non-smokers walking through them.’
Research by the Centre for Social Innovation in 2018 commissioned by Keep Britain Tidy as part of its #binthebutt campaign found that discarded cigarette butts are the most common type of litter.
‘Cigarette butts are tricky for people to dispose of. They are still alight and they are smelly. Many don’t realise they are also harmful to the environment and are not biodegradable. You’re not going to put them straight in your pocket, so event organisers need to think ahead about providing a way to dispose of them safely,’ says Nicola.
Mark Wilson, sales manager at ESE Direct, which sells products such as shelters and cigarette bins, says that there are a huge number of options available to manage smoking at events.
‘More permanent options are smoking shelters or wall-mounted cigarette bins. There are also products that can be relocated, such as freestanding ashtrays and outdoor cigarette bins such as the Smokers Ceasefire.’
How to cater for smokers…
Give smokers a designated, clearly-marked smoking area. Install a smoking shelter if you can, but if that’s not possible still set-aside an area and demarcate it using yellow and black tape, to block off an area.
Encourage smokers well away from entrances and exits where they block pedestrian flow and can annoy non-smokers.
Ensure plenty of provision of cigarette bins where smokers congregate. Ensure you have …read more
Source:: Daily times