Flicking cigarettes out a window (a vent)

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsPaperFlowers:  That infuriates me too. Technically it’s littering, but I’ve never seen a cop pull someone over for it.

Post # 4
3355 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I read someone’s comment somewhere (probably Reddit) about how a guy was smoking in his car with the window open, and he pulled up next to the guy at a red light on a motorcycle. The smoker looked at him, and then flicked the butt out the window. It landed on one of the folds of the motorcyclist’s expensive leather jacket. The motorcyclist picked up the cigarette and threw it into the empty passenger seat of the smoker’s car, and the smoker freaked the hell out.

I don’t understand why he thought that flicking the butt at the motorcyclist was fine.

Post # 5
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m always scared one is going to fly in my window as I’m driving. I’ve had lit ciggies hit my closed (thank god) window before and it just freaks me out.. I don’t really have any advice but, I know how you feel.

We have a pick up truck and I’ve found cigarette butts in the bed of the truck in past too.. And they aren’t from me or my fam!

..Smoking its totally gross


Post # 6
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsPaperFlowers:  I don’t have any advice on how to prevent this from happening, but I know how annoying it is. In my state, it is against the law to throw out your cigarettes. It’s considered littering. Maybe call around and see if it’s against the law in your area, and get the person’s license plate # and file a complaint or something-I don’t know. Good luck!

Post # 7
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I hate it when people do this. So nasty. FI is a motorcycle rider, too, and though he wears full gear, it still worries me that something will hit him.

Post # 8
1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hate this as well, not only from the car window, but just tossing butts in general.

DH and I were stuck at a traffic light one day, when a pedestrian flicked his cigarette butt on the ground, DH rolled down his window and shouted at the guy, “hey, you dropped something!” The guy turned around and looked all around for what he dropped, so he asked what it was, and DH told him that his butt should be in the garbage not on the ground. The guy flipped him off and kept walking. When DH opened the car door, the guy ran back, picked up the butt and threw it in the trash!

I wish more people would stand up and do this, it disgusts me!


Post # 9
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

DH used to smoke in his car and he kept a little ash tray thing that was like a flower pot with a tiny hole in the top in his cupholder. But before he had that, he would occasionally just flick them out the window. I think it’s just not really something he even thought about, which is weird because he also owned and rode a motorcycle. So there really isn’t anything to do about it, sadly. It is definitely littering but cops wont pull you over for it unless they already suspect you of drunk driving or something. It’s not a big enough offense for them to ticket just on that.

Post # 10
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@s2bmrscook:  My aunt got pulled over for it and a $500 littering ticket! 

Post # 12
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Something I worry about -cause we drive a convertible.

Post # 13
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

This bothers me so much too. We had drought conditions here last summer and this was the cause of a few thankfully minor fires along roadways. Had those fires not have been caught and contained very quickly though…just think of the damage they could have done.

Post # 14
2851 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

People are so inconsiderate. Also I hate driving behind a car where the person is smoking. My AC just sucks all the smoke up and shoots it  into my car. GROSS.

Also, FI smokes and it’s disgusting.

Post # 15
2291 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

My friend got burned on her chest when someone threw out a lit cigarette butt and it flew into her open window while she was driving. She still has the scar. I don’t mind smokers but I hate assholes.

Post # 16
10513 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Some smokers are idiots.  So many do this in our apartment building.  People have been burned when they’ve been standing on the ground, and there was a fire in the complex that was started by a tossed cigarette.  When you’re really high up you have no clue where it will land!

DH and I have also had butts and cigarette packages show up on our patio.  It’s so gross!

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