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WHY DO SMOKERS THINK THE WORLD IS THEIR ASHTRAY?

I'm not overly bothered by the act of smoking, although all else being equal, I prefer the company of non-smokers. But there is one thing that smokers do that drives me crazy -- dump their cigarette butts. Often, when I'm behind a smoker at a red light, I watch the window come down and a cigarette butt fly out. My first instinct is to make a citizen's arrest, but on second thought, I realize it's not worth getting shot over.

Then there are the people who congregate outside buildings on their break. The resulting mountain of butts is real appealing. Last week was the last straw. I watched a car door swing open and a whole ashtray get dumped! What's the deal here? Cigarette butts count as litter. Did the guilty portion of the smoking community get some kind of variance on the human decency code? Can't they please clean up their act?

RICHARD GOLD

Williamsville

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