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Borough Adds New Fine for Cigarette Littering

The borough will now fine anyone littering a cigarette butt $100.

The voted on Tuesday to add an ordinance that would fine anyone caught littering a cigarette butt $100.

“Right now there’s a complete disregard for our littering ordinance,” said council president Holly Brown.  “I see no harm in this ordinance.”

The new rule doesn’t actually create a new ordinance; it simply adds tobacco products to the list of things covered by the borough’s littering laws.

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

Borough council member Tom Paxson added, “We need to do something because the cigarette and gum problem downtown is getting out of control.”

Dana Seaman August 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Littering is littering. People need to be responsible for themselves. I don't think smokers have the right to say that they littered because there wasn't anywhere to throw their cigarette butt. I tell my kids to hold the trash until they find somewhere to throw it away. Business owners shouldn't be responsible for what their customers choose to do. I have seen people throw trash on the ground in front of trash can. Maybe an option can be that the litter bugs should do community service to get out of paying the fine.
Colleen August 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I am thrilled to hear that the borough will start seriously cracking down on litterbugs. My husband and I dine in downtown W.C. frequently and are disgusted at the amount of cigarette butts all over the place! I especially hate it when we are dining outside and someone walks through puffing away! It would be really nice if an ordinance is made, so that people may not walk through dining areas with lit cancer sticks. It would be nice to be able to enjoy our meal without obnoxious smoke in our faces! I realize that they have to smoke somewhere, but please people, have some respect for those who don't smoke.
Bryan August 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
It's not your dining area lady it's called the sidewalk. Heh talk about obnoxious
Mel August 22, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Maybe smokers would like to enjoy thier cigarette without obnoxious people eating on the sidewalk....please people eating have some respect for those who smoke....what a stupid comment Colleen. Let me guess...liberal, right....because only your rights are important huh....typcial.
Gabriel Macy December 04, 2012 at 07:33 AM
I’m glad the Council voted for the new code of law. While some people are skeptical of its effectiveness, I think that it is at least sending a message to the litterbugs. If only all smokers would turn to green smoking, then the problem would no longer exist. Green smoking does not leave cigarette butts behind, and it is supposed to be better for the environment. One way is maybe to get the provision stores around the bars and restaurants to promote green smoking devices through discounts or promotions; a win-win situation!

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