Letter: Cigarette butts are disgusting

Forest fires caused by smokers should have consequences

As a former smoker, I know how hard it is to quit. I smoked for 25 or so years before quitting “cold turkey” six years ago. One thing I never did was toss my smoke from my car. Every day I drive to and from work, and drive all day long and I see smokes being tossed so frequently, I am beginning to believe it is part of the habit.

Are there no ashtrays in your cars? Canadian Tire has them, or Wal-Mart. Look at any intersection where there is a meridian and down to the left are butts. Helmcken overpass has thousands there.

I was going to start taking down license plate numbers, but the police won’t do anything unless caught in the act (or even witnessing it as I have seen it done in front of them)

I am appalled at the number of people who do this on a forested island (Sooke Rd.) but like most things, people just don’t care any more.

Every time there is a forest fire, up cigarette prices to pay for the damage as nine times out of ten it is caused by careless smoking, which in my eyes is as rampant as speeders.

Andrew Ferguson

Sooke