Ok, people.... pet peeve time, here.
But this post isn't about those who began smoking before the risks were known, or those who began smoking long after the risks were known, or even the difficulties of quitting.
This post is about the NASTY and DISGUSTING and INEXCUSABLE habit that some smokers have, of leaving their butts wherever they happen to be.
No, I'm not talking about a fire hazard. Yes, I know that many such smokers will make the argument that the remains of a cigarette are biodegradable, so there's no reason why it shouldn't be ok to just leave the butt on the ground. But I'm not buying that argument.
First, most cigarettes today have acetate filters. That acetate filter takes many years to decompose. That's not what I call biodegradable.
Next, that filter is full of a wide variety of toxic chemicals; after all, that's the purpose of the filter. Every time a smoker drops their cigarette butt into a storm drain, or on the street or in a gutter - where the next rainstorm carries it into a storm drain, or on that nature trail, the wind and the rain carries that butt into the water system. What happens then? Those toxic chemicals leak out into the aquatic ecosystem. Yes, the aquatic ecosystem is large. Yes, one cigarette butt is small. But there's not just one, they add up.
Dog owners aren't allowed to leave dog poop on the ground; we expect dog owners to pick up after their dogs. And dogs aren't harmful to your health.
Yes, I do realize that there are some smokers who clean up after themselves... and this post is not aimed at them. Re-read the beginning... this isn't about smokers, it's about smokers who leave their butts around.
I'd say I feel better now that I've had my little rant. But I don't. Because before I sit down to my much-needed cup of tea, I have to go clean up the cigarette butts that are in my yard.