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The corner of Mission Boulevard and Mission Bay Drive in Mission Beach came alive on the morning of Saturday, August 13 with a dozen or so Surfrider volunteers who urged everyone to "Hold On To Your Butt!"

The group took to all four corners of the busy intersection with signs, bumper-stickers, information pamphlets and personal ashtrays. A man wearing a Scottish kilt played the bagpipes. The goals for the "Hold On To Your Butt" campaign include reducing cigarette litter, increasing public awareness about the problem and educating consumers about the impacts of tobacco litter on the environment.

To that effect, the California Highway Patrol sent two of their motorcycle officers out to talk about enforcement of litter laws. On the nearby grassy area across from Belmont Park where they parked their CHP motorcycles, one of the patrolmen told me that citing drivers for flicking cigarette butts out their window is "his favorite citation to write." And that last year alone, "he personally wrote up 300 tickets for throwing butts out on the highway."

According to Julie Wartell of Surfrider, "cigarette butts are the number one item that is picked up at the beach clean-ups" sponsored by the group. It is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered each year worldwide. So holding on to your butt might just be a good idea!

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xians421 Aug. 14, 2011 @ 1 p.m.

When I see someone in traffic toss a butt, I jump out and toss it on their passenger side floor while exclaiming "You got an ashtray, USE IT!"

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Rocket_J_Squirrel Aug. 15, 2011 @ 1:51 p.m.

Irresponsible smokers suck as do their similarly irresponsible cousins - dog owners who never clean up after their mutts leave a smelly, steaming, "gift" on the sidewalk or the lawn.

SHOOT 'EM!

(varmints!)

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nan shartel Aug. 15, 2011 @ 5:49 p.m.

Rocket dear...how come use carrying a dogmatic today...???

we better hide our hounds pupster..;-S

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 15, 2011 @ 10:05 p.m.

we better hide our hounds pupster..;-S

============== Nan-Rocket is always picking on us four legged furballs, unjustly.

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fz10bee Aug. 15, 2011 @ 6:05 p.m.

1-877-211-2888 is the number to report this guys that litter our world with their stinky butts... you need plate number, car model/color and where the incident happened. I really hope that changes one day, cigarettes are everywhere, just look down and bang! they really damage the environment in every different way. So many negative; This year 5 people died in their own apartments/homes from cigarettes at fires in SD County and thousands of others are being exposed to secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing complexes. Kids in SD are not the best in math or science but in respiratory and asthma problems, what is up with that?

Report those suckers and protect your family.

Manu

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 15, 2011 @ 10:04 p.m.

. I really hope that changes one day, cigarettes are everywhere, just look down and bang!

Any idea how long it takes for a cigarette butt to decompose?

I would think the tobacco industry could manufacture a butt that decomposes at a fairly fast rate-if they wanted to.

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Twister Aug. 15, 2011 @ 7:45 p.m.

. . . the slings and dogmatics of outrageous unfortunates . . .

Into each life, some poop must fall . . .

Iee don't want to set the world on fire-er . . .

Where are the Ink Spots when you need 'em?

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Rocket_J_Squirrel Aug. 16, 2011 @ 12:56 p.m.

Smokers and dogs.

If you just stop feeding them, the problems will go away.......

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Twister Aug. 16, 2011 @ 2:51 p.m.

Sometimes it is more effective to ignore pesky people, doggies, rodents, and other pestiferous nefarious noodles . . .

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Gail Powell Aug. 21, 2011 @ 7:33 a.m.

I have to come to the defense of Rocket. I am sick of all the dog feces around too. I don't mind doing beach clean-ups and picking up trash and ciggie butts on the ocean but I get so incensed when idiot dog walkers come by my front yard (all day long) and let their dogs do their business & then just walk away. Now I just get my camera and take their pictures. (they are on public property-the sidewalk.) If I can find out their addresses, I will report them to Animal Control. A couple of times, I have gotten into it with these crap cretins, but everyone has an inalienable right to live SHIT FREE! Stand up for your RIGHT to walk UNIMPEDED on your own front lawn FREE OF DOGGIE POOP!

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 21, 2011 @ 9:39 a.m.

I have to come to the defense of Rocket. I am sick of all the dog feces around too. I don't mind doing beach clean-ups and picking up trash and ciggie butts on the ocean but I get so incensed when idiot dog walkers come by my front yard (all day long) and let their dogs do their business & then just walk away.

I would be incensed too!

Thosed are the few and far between owners though, and if that happened to my yard I would be intheir face.

But you cannot claim thaqt is the rule, becuase it clearly is not.

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Twister Aug. 21, 2011 @ 5:07 p.m.

Put your surplus plastic bags out front.

What I hate even more than the poop on the ground is in my trash can after pickup--it has to cook there all week and the odor is potent! These inconsiderate but obedient mother's-little-helper mortar-forkers actually come up my driveway (over 50 feet) to drop their bags into my can. I'd rather they just let the dog fertilize the parkway.

But really, folks--how far up the low-grumble index is dog poop?

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