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Filthy smokers sparking up the city

By johnboy - 20 December 2013 20

TAMS and the ESA are pleading with Canberra’s smokers to stop starting fires:

With the warm weather upon us, the ACT Government has today reminded motorists not to drop cigarette butts out the window of their vehicle. In the ACT this year there has been at least 12 fires that have started due to cigarette butts being carelessly discarded.

“Staff are on patrol across the ACT’s main arterial roads and highways and will be on the lookout for people tossing cigarette butts out the window of their vehicle,” Senior Ranger, City Rangers, Glenn Tomlinson, said.

“This is an incredibly thoughtless and irresponsible act. Not only does it reduce our city’s amenity and have environmental impacts on waterways, habitats and soils, it also has the potential to cause bushfires which can threaten life and property.

“Anyone caught incorrectly disposing of cigarette butts will be issued with an on-the-spot fine of $200 for people who drop lit butts, or $60 for people who drop unlit or extinguished butts.

“So please don’t be a tosser and appropriately dispose of your cigarette butts.”

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Filthy smokers sparking up the city
magiccar9 9:53 pm 20 Dec 13

Smokers who do this are unbelievable. I’ve followed 2 cars this week alone who I’ve witnessed throw their butts out the window. I’ve got them on carcam but I seriously doubt any authorities would care to act. Not to mention the fact that they cover everyone else’s cars in ash and a foul smell.

To anyone who smokes in their car, and thinks about flicking their butt – pull your head out of your arses and show some consideration.

ausbradr 9:34 pm 20 Dec 13

Postalgeek said :

$200?

I would hope it’s a criminal offence with jail time for incorrectly disposing of a lit cigarette butt during a total fire ban. If not, it farking well should be.

The only way to appeal to butt-chuckers is with a sledgehammer.

Yup, either that or we should be putting them into chaff bags, and throwing them out to sea. Throwing out a hot cigarette butt where there may be dry grass is just so reckless. One stupid act puts so much life / property at risk!

Brianna 9:15 pm 20 Dec 13

I know my brother and niece both pinch out the ember and crush it with their foot ensuring there is no chance of it catching fire. The remaining butt is then put in the garbage bin.
I see an outdoor area near my work place and although there are butt bins………..there are also hundreds of cigarette butts in the gardens. Sheer laziness.

Felix the Cat 8:31 pm 20 Dec 13

If they are stupid enough to smoke in he first place they are unlikely to take any notice of anything TAMS and the ESA have to say.

screaming banshee 7:29 pm 20 Dec 13

BimboGeek said :

Cigarette butts are tiny. If you can’t find a way to put them out and carry them to a bin then your little delicate arms probably shouldn’t go through the strain of opening a packet and operating a lighter.

However I have seen communities that really take this seriously handing out little plastic cigarette bins that people can carry with them. There’s room for a couple of butts so if you have a cigarette on a beach, in a park or in a car, you can put it out and store it for later disposal without having to carry around a horrible stinking butt, which obviously nobody wants in their hand, on their person or in the street because it’s disgusting.

Here’s the thing I don’t get, it’s not as though they only start stinking once you stop smoking them, they stink while you smoke them, smokers are fecking retards just cull them.

BimboGeek 5:58 pm 20 Dec 13

Cigarette butts are tiny. If you can’t find a way to put them out and carry them to a bin then your little delicate arms probably shouldn’t go through the strain of opening a packet and operating a lighter.

However I have seen communities that really take this seriously handing out little plastic cigarette bins that people can carry with them. There’s room for a couple of butts so if you have a cigarette on a beach, in a park or in a car, you can put it out and store it for later disposal without having to carry around a horrible stinking butt, which obviously nobody wants in their hand, on their person or in the street because it’s disgusting.

Deref 5:48 pm 20 Dec 13

Roundhead89 said :

I think a new system should be introduced where cigarettes and smoking is totally banned. Smokers who can’t or won’t quit should be executed.

All fanatics should be killed.

Roundhead89 5:44 pm 20 Dec 13

I think a new system should be introduced where cigarettes and smoking is totally banned. Smokers who can’t or won’t quit should be executed.

zorro29 4:01 pm 20 Dec 13

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

zorro29 said :

Has anyone ever got a ticket (or know someone who has) for dropping a cigarette butt? .

Yep. I was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by an unmarked police car not long after the Canberra fires. Boy did the driver get a good lecture and a fine (not sure how much) and had her car going over with a fine tooth comb for any defects. She’s given up smoking since then.

wow….good to see it actually happens 🙂 thanks for the story

Rawhide Kid Part3 3:33 pm 20 Dec 13

zorro29 said :

Has anyone ever got a ticket (or know someone who has) for dropping a cigarette butt? .

Yep. I was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by an unmarked police car not long after the Canberra fires. Boy did the driver get a good lecture and a fine (not sure how much) and had her car going over with a fine tooth comb for any defects. She’s given up smoking since then.

zorro29 1:51 pm 20 Dec 13

Has anyone ever got a ticket (or know someone who has) for dropping a cigarette butt? Filthy smokers…can’t stand the dodging of butts everywhere and they are invariably the “spit in the streets” types as well.

Public flogging anyone???….

Watson 1:13 pm 20 Dec 13

I have at times wanted to dob people in for doing this, but didn’t know who to call and if they would act on my complaint.

The distinction between lit and unlit seems a bit odd though. If they pick it up and it isn’t lit, it could’ve been when they tossed it out of the window. If it is lit, the offender could argue that it appeared dead when they threw it out. Just fine them all the same and I’d be happy for it to be way more than $200.

Postalgeek 12:52 pm 20 Dec 13

$200?

I would hope it’s a criminal offence with jail time for incorrectly disposing of a lit cigarette butt during a total fire ban. If not, it farking well should be.

The only way to appeal to butt-chuckers is with a sledgehammer.

Thumper 12:46 pm 20 Dec 13

As an ex smoker, I’m all for smokers not being treated like lepers, however, behaviour as such is simply beyond my comprehension.

Take these people and plonk them on a fireground surrounded by 20 metre high flames and then ask them how they feel about it.

And on cigarettes. Put the bloody butts in a bin! It’s not hard. I managed to do it for twenty years.

Ah, who am I kidding. Some people are simply dickheads and there’s no cure for it.

ScienceRules 12:05 pm 20 Dec 13

Ah, but when the world is your ashtray these concerns are for the “little people”…

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