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Borough Adds New Smoking Penalty

Borough will now fine anyone caught littering a cigarette butt at least $100.

The West Chester Borough Council voted to enact a new ordinance that would fine smokers at least $100 if they’re caught littering their cigarette butts.

“We have a problem with the cleanliness of our streets,” said borough council president Holly Brown.  “The cigarette butts get stuck in our brick sidewalks, and this is an effort to try to alleviate some of those problems.”

The measure passed, but not without some reservations from borough council member Chuck Christy.

“I think our police have more important things to do than chase down smokers,” Christy said.  “The BID [Business Improvement District] should encourage restaurants and bars to put out more containers for cigarette butts.”

Brown said that the BID is currently working on buying a large quantity of cigarette containers to be distributed across the borough.

Brown also said she got a call from a citizen who was a smoker, who said he was glad the borough was doing something.

Now that the ordinance has passed it will go into effect in a monthly, Nov. 17.

Milton Bradley October 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM
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nona October 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM
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Gabriel Macy December 04, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Getting large quantities of cigarette containers to be distributed across the borough is a good start, but I believe more can be done to eradicate the problem. I read somewhere that there are new innovations on smoking – called green smoke – whereby smokers use an electronic device, such as e-cigs to smoke. It does not leave any ash or cigarette butts behind and it is supposed to be a greener option. With discounts and promotions, perhaps more people could be using these devices, hence reducing cigarette butts, rather than puffing the traditional cigarettes. http://www.e-cig-bargains.com

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