BOEING747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
I think if the law is going to ban talking on your cell phone while driving, they should do the same for Smoking. I agree with what's been said, if you litter your trash you get fined, so why is it acceptable for a person to toss their smoke out the window, is it not the same thing?
LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3911 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1371 times:
I think it's due to laziness. They don't want to have to clean out their ashtrays, so they just throw it out the window.
My dad smokes and doesn't use his ashtray, but to his credit he keeps a styrofoam cup with a little water in it and puts them out in that.
I smoke (but don't have a car) so this isn't an issue for me. Last weekend I was in Salt Lake City visiting a friend who prefers that people smoke outside and of course I respect those wishes. Whenever I was done, I would put it out, but then pick up the butt and take it into the kitchen and run water from the sink over it to make sure it was out and then throw it in the trash.
If I'm hiking along the Barton Creek Greenbelt here in Austin and stop for a cigarette, I put it out and then put the butt in an empty pack of cigarettes that I use as my "ashtray".
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1357 times:
As a former smoker, I can tell you that when you leave cigarette butt in the ashtray, it stinks. Especially in a car. A lot of people think if there are no butts in the ashtray, the car won't stink. Also, laziness is another reason.
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Hole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1339 times:
Well, from a smoker's perspective, here's my reason.
WE already have our window rolled down so we're not hot-boxing the car with tobacco, so when the thing is out, it's the easiest thing to do. much safer for us than bending over, taking our eyes off the road to put it in an ashtray.
Yes, I know it's not good for the environment and it's not biodegradeable, etc. But if I threw them away it'd end up in a landfill not-biodegrading anyway. Call me a pig if you want, but i'm still going to do it. It's not any more harm to the environment than a car-friendly urban planning policy or companies dumping toxins into rivers.
And quit treating smokers like second-class citizens. I bet some of you whose blood pressure rises when they see a cigarette being flicked from a car have thrown a piece of paper on the ground or thrown away batteries or bagged your grass.
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MD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
..."I agree with what's been said, if you litter your trash you get fined, so why is it acceptable for a person to toss their smoke out the window, is it not the same thing?"...
Yes it is the same thing. At least in New Jersey, you can get fined if a police officer sees you toss a butt out the window. I have a coworker that was pulled over and ticketed for "littering" after he flicked his cigarette out the window, while a police officer was driving behind him.
It does get on my nerves too. I was almost in a fit of rage about a year ago when a person I was driving behind flicked his butt out his window. The thing actually bounced off my hood and windshield.. Why did it make me so mad? I had just purchased the car, brand new, two days before.
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