Is this you?
If so, I’m so sick of you. So so SICK of your stinkin’ ass smoking every where you go which happens to be, everywhere my family goes.
Smokers are everywhere – at parties, picnics, outdoor events, downtown and even to the left and right of my front doorsteps. I’m surrounded by obnoxious smells. Some of these smokers I even love, but what I don’t love about any of them, is how they casually overlook my pregnant self and my wee ones that are very much engulfed in their second hand smoke as they continue to enjoy their right to light up.
Lit and unlit, smokers smell bad.
Smoking gets me fired up. When I see mothers smoking in the mini van with all the windows rolled up AND the kids in the back, I have to remember that I am not in a demolition derby. When I hear parents speak of their son’s asthma and I know damn well they smoke inside their home, I have to refrain from shouting, you dumb ass! And when people get cancer after years and years of smoking, so help me I will always remember to not say a lot of things.
But every once in a while, you do have to say a few things if you are someone who is a fan of clean air, healthy bodies and less cigarette litter on the ground. Yes, you nasty smoking folks drive the nail in by just throwing that smoking butt on the ground when you’re done. Oh, pardon me to the folks who step out the smolder with your foot – you’re so kind. It is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year. (Thanks Wikipedia) That’s A LOT of litter and litterbugs who get away with it on a daily basis.
Luckily, we don’t just have to sit here and fume about it. There are many ways to get involved locally with education campaigns, installing ash receptacles, encouraging the use of pocket ashtrays and enforcing litter laws. Even though it’s funded by Phillip Morris, Prevent Cigarette Litter dot org is a pretty handy website. But if you prefer to visit a website that isn’t funded by bullshit, click straight on to LitterButt.com and support their great environmental cause, The Responsible Smokers Act.
And on that note, I will extinguish my flame…