Anger as cigarette ends left by Aberdeen homes

Linzi Paterson with her puppy Leo and some of the discarded cigarette ends.
Linzi Paterson with her puppy Leo and some of the discarded cigarette ends.

AN ABERDEEN woman has hit out at “thoughtless” smokers who have been ditching cigarette butts in her garden – risking her puppy’s health.

Linzi Paterson, 27, lives near Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen and says there has been a surge in cigarette ends being dumped at her home since the smoking ban on hospital grounds came into force.

She has now raised her concerns with the NHS after her French bulldog puppy, Leo, came into the house with stubs in his mouth, which had been dropped in her garden.

The assistant accountant said: “The area is just disgusting – there’s tabbies everywhere.

“It’s just been since the smoking ban, I noticed it straight away. They throw them everywhere – my dog came in with a load in his mouth.”

The ban is part of a national drive to create a tobacco-free generation in Scotland by 2034.

A spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said: “All NHS Scotland sites are now smoke free.

“As part of our compliance with this policy we are reminding staff about the importance of being good and considerate neighbours.”

She added: “NHS Grampian’s Tobacco Policy makes it clear that staff should not smoke in uniform, protective equipment, wearing an ID badge or otherwise identifiable as an NHS Grampian employee.”

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