Smokers: Take Your Butts Out of Our City

Think she’s going to put that cigarette in her ashtray when she’s done? 

It’s so common, yet many of us don’t really think much about it when someone does uses our streets as an ashtray.   BSO certainly isn’t going to waste time citing drivers for this, but what do you think? 

Ever wonder where all those cigarette butts go when you see people smoking in their cars?  Well, that’s an easy one for anyone who has driven in South Florida.  You know they eventually end up on our streets.

These same people, who would never so much as throw a fast food container out of their cars, are littering our streets with thousands of cigarette butts each year!

Each year, if a smoker throws just 3 cigarettes a day out their windows, that’s 1,095 cigarette butts littering our streets.

Many smokers don’t want to dirty up their cars and use their ashtrays,  that is, if they even have one.  Many car manufacturers don’t even have standard ashtrays in them any more.   Some models sell “smokers packages” however, smokers don’t want to dirty up their new car, choosing instead to throw them out their windows.

Look closely at our streets. Those butts aren’t composting there.

Florida litter laws say that any person who dumps litter weighing under 15 pounds is guilty of a noncriminal infraction punishable by a civil penalty of $100, from which $50 is deposited in the Solid Waste Management Trust Fund.  In addition, the court may require the violator to pick up litter or perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed.

Problem is, Broward Sheriff’s Office is not going to enforce this.

Why?  Because they don’t have the budget or the manpower to write tickets for these types of small infractions.

I think some sort of public education is in order to stop these litterbugs, either through road signs or public awareness.   Just don’t take your life in your own hands by publicly chastising one of these litterbugs on the road or you may become a victim of an even bigger crime of road rage.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • SusanG

    Smokers have no clue. Besides smelling, they think they can trash up our neighborhood with their butts. But since they have no disregard for their bodies, what makes you think they have any regard for anything else?

  • AmandaY

    Thanks for the link on twitter. I like this website and thinks this provides a great place for us in tamarac! Im totally in agreement with the results after casting my vote on this poll. We take it for granted that someone will pick up after people throw the cigerette butts out but who is really cleaning it up? The trash company? We need to do more to make people aware that this is unacceptable!

    Thank you
    Amanda Y

    • AB

      I agree smoking is a disgusting habit, and we do not need smokers littering our streets. They should be fined, and community service to pick up after others.

  • Martin

    Can we put up “Do not litter” signs around here? I’ve seen them on the highways. My guess is that maybe drivers are too scared to liter on the highways and are waiting to exit on Commercial before dumping their stuff in Tamarac. Same goes to smokers start putting your butts out in your car! It already stinks anyway!