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Filthy smokers asked to clean up their act

By johnboy - 11 January 2013 45

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) and ACT Policing are urging smokers to dispose of cigarette butts appropriately, especially during elevated fire danger weather forecast in the ACT over the next few days.

A TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place for the ACT until midnight with SEVERE fire danger conditions expected.

The ESA has received reports of people witnessing smokers throwing cigarette butts out of their car windows during the EXTREME fire danger we experienced in Canberra on Tuesday.

Smokers are strongly urged to not throw cigarette butts out of the window of a vehicle or anywhere which could spark a fire including footpaths, medium strips, sporting fields, grassed areas, gardens, reserves and bushland.

If a fire starts at the forecast fire danger level of SEVERE, it may become uncontrollable and move quickly.

If you witness someone throwing a cigarette butt out of the window of vehicle windows and a fire starts ring Emergency Triple Zero (000) immediately.

7:55 AM

[Courtesy ESA]

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Filthy smokers asked to clean up their act
Madam Cholet 11:42 am 11 Jan 13

DrKoresh said :

Madam Cholet said :

Anyone who throws a cigarette out of the window at any time should be charged with attempted arson or at the very least reckless behaviour endangering life.

Even unlit ones, presumably? If so, you’re a nutter. Anyway, I smoke a pipe now to avoid having to dispose of butts and to avoid having to give smokes to every bogan and his dog.

Well obviously a lit one given that this is what the post was originally about. Why would someone throw an unlit cigarette out of the car. Most smokers know how many they have at any one time and give them up reluctantly.

Pipes. Yikes. Do you smoke it around others, because they are quite foul. My dad used to partake on occasion so I have first hand experience of being enveloped in pipe fog. People smoking pipes look highly suspicious.

puggy 11:37 am 11 Jan 13

MsCheeky said :

Oops, there’s the pesky ‘medium’ strips again. Are median strips ok? Big ones or small ones?

Darn it, beat me to it.

puggy 11:35 am 11 Jan 13

Guys, guys, you’ve missed the point! We have a “strip” here in Canberra! Granted it’s only a “medium” one, but better than a small one eh!

DrKoresh 11:15 am 11 Jan 13

Madam Cholet said :

Anyone who throws a cigarette out of the window at any time should be charged with attempted arson or at the very least reckless behaviour endangering life.

Even unlit ones, presumably? If so, you’re a nutter. Anyway, I smoke a pipe now to avoid having to dispose of butts and to avoid having to give smokes to every bogan and his dog.

Ben_Dover 11:08 am 11 Jan 13

Smokers don’t give a toss for themselves, do you really expect them to give a toss for anyone else?

MsCheeky 11:01 am 11 Jan 13

Smokers are strongly urged to not throw cigarette butts out of the window of a vehicle or anywhere which could spark a fire including footpaths, medium strips, sporting fields, grassed areas, gardens, reserves and bushland.

Oops, there’s the pesky ‘medium’ strips again. Are median strips ok? Big ones or small ones? (And don’t I feel good about being a non-smoker again, about 8 months now.)

Ghettosmurf87 10:47 am 11 Jan 13

Smokers who chuck their butts out the window without a thought for the consequences would surely have no problem if a passer-by decided to throw a stone through their back window either, would they? Neither could possibly be harmful at all…could they?

GrumpyMark 10:39 am 11 Jan 13

“…. Smokers are strongly urged to not throw cigarette butts out of the window of a vehicle or anywhere which could spark a fire including footpaths, medium strips, sporting fields, grassed areas, gardens, reserves and bushland….”

So does that mean it’s OK if they throw their butss out the window in low risk areas?

switch said :

That’ll be the day. The world is a smoker’s ashtray.

Unfortunately, you are spot on. It’s quite depressing to see the butts and other litter in the various alcoves near where smokers congregate outside buildings, etc.

Madam Cholet 10:23 am 11 Jan 13

I read something the other day that said that the ACT would follow NSW with regulations to ban smoking at public places like bus stops, train stations etc. However it apparently will take up to four years to get it done, (why I don’t know). Good news as far as I’m concerned – it’s quite gross when someone sparks up at a bus shelter. I had a go at a woman the other week who lit up inside one of those newish glass shelters at Woden. She moved quick smart I can tell you – and she was probably in her 60’s and should have known better.

I’m contemplating also contacting my local Woolies or even the national office to suggest that they enforce a no littering rule for their employees. At my local Woolies the pathway is a disgrace where the checkout chicks congregate.

Anyone who throws a cigarette out of the window at any time should be charged with attempted arson or at the very least reckless behaviour endangering life.

It is quite odd the way that smokers don’t see it as littering.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:43 am 11 Jan 13

Felix the Cat said :

Why do people need to be “strongly urged to not throw cigarette butts out of the window of a vehicle”, are people really that stupid that they can’t work out for themselves that this is dangerous and irresponsible? Rhetorical question…

Lets be realistic, smokers are not the smartest group of people.

zorro29 9:37 am 11 Jan 13

it’d be nice if they issued more fines for smokers throwing butts out the window or littering the footpath with them

trevar 9:32 am 11 Jan 13

If it’s a TOTAL fire ban, surely that should apply to cigarettes? Why do smokers get an exemption?

what_the 9:24 am 11 Jan 13

I’ve never understood the mindset of smokers who would never just throw their maccas wrappers out the window but see no problem/no link with throwing their butt out?

Felix the Cat 8:47 am 11 Jan 13

Why do people need to be “strongly urged to not throw cigarette butts out of the window of a vehicle”, are people really that stupid that they can’t work out for themselves that this is dangerous and irresponsible? Rhetorical question…

switch 8:07 am 11 Jan 13

That’ll be the day. The world is a smoker’s ashtray.

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