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Borough Adding Fine for Cigarette Littering

The West Chester borough council will vote on a proposed ordinance that fine anyone caught littering a cigarette butt at least $100.

The West Chester Borough Council will vote on a proposed ordinance Wednesday that would fine smokers $100 if caught littering a cigarette butt.

When the ordinance was first proposed in August, borough council president Holly Brown said, "Right now there’s a complete disregard for our littering ordinance.  I see no harm in this ordinance.”

At the time several council members expressed concerns about the new rule, saying that it would difficuclt to enforce.

“Enforcement really isn’t the issue,” Brown said at the time.  “It’s more about the message.”

The proposed ordinance would establish a violation and $100 minimum fine for discarding cigarettes, cigarette butts or other tobacco materials in public places.

Council will vote on the measure Wednesday night at the full council meeting starting at 7 p.m.

Jimmy Beeker October 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I'm glad to see that Council is once again tackling the tough issues.
Bam Margera October 18, 2012 at 02:05 AM
How was this not littering to begin with? What a waste of time.
Gabriel Macy December 04, 2012 at 07:32 AM
I am all for it, man! I hate people who litter with their cigarette butts; I find that habit disgusting and abhorring. Perhaps the Council could also promote alternatives such as nicotine patch or green smoking like e-cigs. To me, if anyone really needs to smoke, green smoking should be the way to go because it does not produce an open flame and hence will not annoy non-smokers around him. It also does not result in cigarette butts littering. It is definitely the lesser of the two evils. http://www.e-cig-bargains.com

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