Thursday, January 2, 2014

New IL cig butt law: $1500 fine for flicking/dropping butts on the ground

This article makes it sound like this new fine for "littering with cig butts" only applies to flicking butts outta cars.  But the new fine actually applies to dropping butts on the ground anywhere.  Including dropping and discarding cig butts while smoking outside.

$1500 is too steep for a fine.   I agree with those who dont consider dropping cig butts "littering."  It sounds like an indirect way to force people to quit smoking.  Modern cars don't have ashtrays.  And every street corner doesnt have a trash can let alone an outdoor ashtray.  So a smoker has no choice but to flick butts on the ground.

Some smokers actually keep the butts til they find a trash can.  Throwing cig butts in trash cans is a common way for trash can fires to start.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand what the big deal is: if smokers want to smoke, they should come prepared to clean up their trash. Cigarette butts on the ground are a big reason smoking has become so stigmatized. I smoke occasionally, and I think there may have been a few (very few) occasions when I left my butts on the ground, but I don't like to do that because it just makes smoking look bad and smokers look selfish.