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Ban on smoking in forests of the Curonian Spit requested

2015-03-09

Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, has applied to the Councils of the Klaipėda and Neringa City Municipalities requesting them to ban smoking in the forests of the Curonian Spit.

A ban on smoking in these forests in the warm season – from 1 March to 1 November – was proposed by a special commission that examined the causes of the 2014 fire on the Curonian Spit. Last year’s fire destroyed 104.3 ha of stands in the Curonian Spit National Park, and the total area affected by the fire amounted to 117.6 ha.

‘A casually thrown cigarette butt or match can cause huge damage. The distinctive geographical position of the Curonian Spit makes any fire even a greater challenge. We cannot take risks, so we call onto the municipalities to take action,’ says Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas.

If the municipalities accepted the proposal of Kęstutis Trečiokas, smoking in the forests of the Curonian Spit would only be allowed in places designated and equipped by the municipalities.

The Law on Tobacco Control stipulates that municipal councils have the right to prohibit smoking in public places such as parks or squares, and other public places falling within the scope of their competence.

Public Information Division
09/03/2015

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas