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Get your ash out of here!

September 14, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
I was driving behind someone on Blue Earth Avenue late last week and he kept reaching up through the sunroof every 15 seconds or so to flick his cigarette ashes out. That’s the first time I’ve seen someone do that through the sunroof, but I’ve driven behind a person from Worthington to Marshall and he threw three cigarettes out through the side window during that hour.

Smokers, you wonder why there are all these new laws and taxes on your habit? Because you are not endearing yourselves to the general public when you use the whole world as your ashtray!

First, flicking your ashes and throwing your cigarettes out the window is a hazard — and I’m talking fire hazard. Flip on the news: there’s a wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota and smoke is traveling as far as Chicago. Texas has been burning. It’s just a matter of time before another wildfire lights up California. You do not want to be the reason acres and acres burn. If it can be traced back to you, it could involve paying for damages, a hefty fine, and jail time.

Personally, I don’t want ashes or a cigarette being thrown back into my vehicle. You can’t guarantee there is no live spark that would damage my vehicle or tires. I would wind up paying for that damage and I will not thank you for the bill.

Does it really take less time to flick your ashes or throw your cigarette out than to put it in the ashtray of your car? I don’t think so. It’s just being plain old inconsiderate and that’s why smokers get such a bad rap.

In the future, keep your ash and your butts to yourself.


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