Evil cigarette polluters

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There should be a special place in hell for those people who think nothing of tossing cigarettes out from their car windows to get rid of them. How is this not littering? There are signs scattered around town warning of fines for littering. In my book, tossing a cigarette out from a car window is at least as bad as say, tossing a coffee cup from a car window. I say at least because if the cigarette is still lit and it happens to be hot and dry out, it could start a fire. It is not only lazy but a cowardly act. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t toss a bag of trash out the window for fear of getting caught, but a teeny, tiny cigarette butt no one’s going to notice, right? And yet I see this happening fairly regularly with no apparent shame on the part of the perpetrator. It is infuriating, especially when you consider that most cars do have some kind of receptacle in which the dead cigarette can be stored. The way I see it, the fiend smoking the cigarette doesn’t want to stink up the car with dead cigarette butts; they prefer to toss them shamelessly out the window and let them clutter the streets. It is an apt illustration of just how much respect these brutes have for their communities.

The special place in hell that I envision for these upstanding symbols of the community is to be stuck inside their cars, forever driving, forever smoking their cigarettes down to the quick, but being forever unable to roll down the windows or open the doors; to be trapped in those cars with an endless series of smoldering cigarette butts choking up the air.

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  1. Amen to that. And just as worthy of a special place in hell: the people I’ve seen on smoke break outside office buildings who toss their cigarettes onto the sidewalk while standing right next to those handy cigarette butt dispensers the buildings put out.

  2. This can actually get you pulled over and fined $$$ in Florida. The had a hugh problem years back with brush fires being started by just such an act. So they passed a law ans enforced it vigorously.

  3. One of my biggest pet peeves as well. Years ago they used to dump the ashtrays in the parking lots which while annoying I’d rather see that then what happens today. At least they were all in one spot and easier to be cleaned up.

    I honestly haven’t seen ONE person use their ashtray in their car in oh maybe 15 years plus. Every time someone’s smoking in a car they throw it out the window when they’re done. Every time.

    I know quite a few smokers personally and yup the ashtrays in their cars are 100% unused by their cigarettes. Ever.

    Sorry but if you smoke you deserve to have the smell in your car. Don’t add to the litter on the streets.

    Then there’s the whole trash left in movie theater seats but that’s another rant. 😀


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