Housewife Tracey John, 48, has been told to pay £465 – one of Britain’s biggest ever charges for dropping a single cigarette. She claims she was given the £75 on the spot penalty even though she picked up the cigarette – and put it in her pocket.
Tracey refused to pay the fine and her case was sent to Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court were she was found guilty in her absence. She was then fined £350, ordered to pay £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
“I’m not paying it, what am I suppose to do? Put it out on my hand?
Council officials in Rhondda Cynon Taf are cracking down on litter, and are warning that cigarette ends thrown away on the street are counted as an “eco-crime”. In the last two years the local authority has generated £69,300 from 844 fixed penalty notices for littering.
“I’ve been smoking for 35 years and I’ve never, ever, experience anything like this.” CommentedTracy: “I can’t imagine how many people drop cigarettes everyday but now I’m getting this ridiculous fine.”
Nigel Wheeler, service director for street care at Rhondda Cynon Taf council said: “Eco-criminals will not be tolerated. The illegal disposal of cigarette related waste is the biggest single problem throughout the area; as well as creating unsightly environmental conditions; the offence can attract vermin… The street care enforcement team will do all in its power to eradicate this type of behaviour.”
Now, if onlyTracyhad owned a Gamucci Electronic cigarette she wouldn’t be in the uncomfortable position she is. But regardless of her individual case, cigarette related waste is a massive national problem. Cigarette butts contain chemicals that, if improperly disposed of, can leach into the environment. And as previously mentioned by Nigel Wheeler the improper disposal of cigarette related waste attracts vermin and creates unsightly environmental conditions. Using your Gamucci (and obviously disposing of your cartomizers, or disposable e-cigarette correctly once used) eradicates this problem.