Friday, September 14, 2007

The World Is Your Ash Tray

The main issues that impelled me to write this post has to do with dropping ash and cigarette butts anywhere one happens to be when driving. There are a few other behaviors that I think many people are oblivious to because it deals with smoking that otherwise would be considered inconsiderate and with some behaviors illegal if it was not related to smoking. I will mention a few of these as well.
  • Flicking cigarette butts out the car window.
    • I don't know why this always stuns me when I see it, but I just can't believe that people think this is acceptable.
    • At the stop light, piles of cigarette butts in the median. Littering is still illegal, right?
    • Driving down the road. Fire and gas tanks don't go well together. Always feels great to see a lit cigarette bounce out the window of the person in front of me and then see it bounce under my car.
  • Flicking ash out the window and onto the cars beside and behind.
  • Blowing smoke out the window that the person in the car behind gets to enjoy.
  • People having to walk through a gauntlet of smokers in order to get in and out of a building.
    • Everyone gets to breath, smell, and wear the smoke as they walk out the door.
    • Smoke gets trapped inside the entry way of buildings.
In this post I will not discuss that sitting somewhere smoking is really no different that sitting somewhere shooting heroine. I also will not discuss the "right" to smoke and that other's rights end where mine begin. The point I am trying to make in this post is the following.

I am not an ash tray. My vehicle is not an ash tray. The world in general is not an ash tray.

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