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Cigarette butt sparks row with minister

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DEPUTY KEVIN STEWART has defended how he disposes of cigarettes after being accused of going about it the wrong way.

On the way to yesterday's States meeting, Deputy Stewart was enjoying a cigarette and, when he finished it, placed it in a drain. But he had not bargained on eagle-eyed member of the public and vehement anti-smoker Richard Lord having his say.

Mr Lord spotted Deputy Stewart carefully placing the extinguished cigarette in the drain and decided he could not let such an act – which he classified as littering – go unremarked.

'It is the most ubiquitous form of litter in the island, it gets into cobbles, into other areas you can't quite reach and does not bio-degrade,' he said. 'I would like him to front a campaign of responsible disposal.'

Deputy Stewart saw no problem with his actions, and said it was standard practice for him to do exactly that, or if a bin was nearby, place it in there.

He declined Mr Lord's suggestion he should become involved in a campaign.

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