NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Caught littering a cigarette butt in the state of Louisianan could soon cost offenders time and money.
“I read it, and I’m all for it,” says smoker Frank Connell. “The whole town is littered with cigarette butts. People think it’s okay but it’s not.”
As it stand now, throwing a cigarette butt on the ground by definition of state law is technically not littering.
House Bill 1075 known as the “Butt Bill” would impose community service and $250 fine on anyone caught improperly disposing their butt.
And if you toss you cigarette butt out of a moving vehicle the fine increases to $300 dollars.
The penalty would increase for second and third offenders up to $1,500 dollars.
According the Ocean Conservancy, cigarette butts are the most commonly found type of litter in the ocean.
“If the cigarette butts do all go to Lake Pontchartraine and they stop some of them from going in, that might be a good thing,” says smoker Rene.
“How long have the butts been going gin the water for,” chimes in Tracy. “ like, why do we suddenly care now? It won’t be fun if the bill does pass and they really enforce it.”
“Honestly though, they’re not going to be enforced,” says Rene.
The Butt bill now heads to the state senate.
“Yeah, littering is bad,” says smoke Earl. “Risking a big fine would make me think twice about throwing a cigarette butt down on the street.”
“Just need more ash trays in the world,” says Connell.