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The city of Malmö: the Face of rökrutor in public places

In this winter, the government decided that all smoking at the outdoor cafes, playgrounds, bus shelters and platforms will be banned from 1 July 2019. Now, the city of Malmö to take the ban a step further and introduces special rökrutor in the centre of Malmö where the smokers will be referred.

– Our proposal is partly an effect of the ban, " says Andreas Schönström. When people can't smoke on the outdoor terraces, so they will go out in other public places, and then we would like to offer an alternative to them.

or if rökrutorna will get rid of, are being investigated. It is uncertain whether the proposal is consistent with existing Swedish law, and one of the challenges is to make sure that the boxes are actually used.

– It will be hard for the police to see to it that it is complied with, they have other things to do, but we want to make sure that we create a social pressure and attractive enough rökrutor so that they actually used, " says Andreas Schönström.

According to Andreas Schönström, 80 percent of all the garbage cleaned up on Malmö's streets, cigarette butts.

They washed down the sewer and turn then to the mikroplaster that we all may be in us, " he says. Litter also contributes to an increased sense of insecurity, he continues.

of the several asian countries where rökrutor, which look like bus shelters, are used in public places. Would rökrutorna become a reality, they become the first in Sweden.

it is Hoped that rökrutorna introduced sometime during the next year.

"We hope that rökrutorna can improve the situation for residents from a health perspective and from an environmental perspective," he says.

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