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.