Comments on: Cigarettes: When did it become ‘OK’ to Litter? The EPA Blog Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:00:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Michi Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:02:53 +0000 I fully agree. The nonchalance that smokers throw their cigarette butts away as if it was part of the deal when they purchased the cigarette is annoying, to say the least.

This pollution could be (and already is) much reduced by moving from “normal” health threatening cigarettes to safe and environmentally friendly ecigarettes.

I intellectually understand why a smoker needs to keep using cigarettes, but I don’t understand the population’s acceptance to the impact smoking has on civilization.

e-cigarettes are environmentally sound and keep the smoker healthy (and cost half of the “real” smoking habit).

By: Georgia Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:25:55 +0000 I smoked for 32 years and resulted to quitting after my father passed away with lung cancer and at no time while I was a smoker did I ever thought that it was ok to litter with those nasty cigarette butts. Actually, there are more than enough receptacles I personally think that people are just lazy.

By: Kathleen Foley Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:16:46 +0000 I agree that it’s never ok to litter and it seems it’s become acceptable to discard butts without penalty, possibly due to lack of enforcement. Filters were originally made of cotton, but are now made of acetate (plastic)…think costs. It seems since it’s acceptable to discard butts out the window, in parks, on streets, off boats, then it’s also acceptable to throw the plastic wrappings too.(?) I have cut open fish to find the butts inside their stomachs, and it’s heart-wrenching. If we can’t enforce the laws of littering, then wouldn’t it make sense to make the product and packaging biodegradable? At least for waterways’ sake. However, this plan wouldn’t curtail the incidents of brush fires and forest fires.
Isn’t it time citizens stopped footing the bill for careless smoker’s nasty habits, e.g., stormwater stuctures, fires, clean-up? There are some considerate smokers who put out their butts, then carry it with them until they find a proper receptacle.