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“It’s like a constant subway ashtray all the way down Fifth Avenue and all around the area,” said downtown resident Raymond Vinole, speaking before the San Diego City Council on May 11. “No matter where I go, I feel like I’m in the middle of an ashtray.”

Vinole, who works downtown and lives in a condominium on Fifth and Island, voiced his concern regarding outdoor smoking at downtown restaurants, bars, and cafés. “The impact of smoking has gotten worse and worse in downtown,” he said.

Aside from health concerns from exposure to cigarette smoke and feeling like he lives around an ashtray, Vinole said that his neighborhood — in the Gaslamp District — is littered with cigarette butts especially on weekends.

“The aftermath that you see on a Sunday morning is really bad.  I can probably pick up a thousand [cigarette] butts on the streets, sidewalks, and outdoor cafés,” he said. He suggested that the council consider implementing smoke-free policies, similar to those in Beverly Hills and other L.A. County cities.

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“It’s like a constant subway ashtray all the way down Fifth Avenue and all around the area,” said downtown resident Raymond Vinole, speaking before the San Diego City Council on May 11. “No matter where I go, I feel like I’m in the middle of an ashtray.”

Vinole, who works downtown and lives in a condominium on Fifth and Island, voiced his concern regarding outdoor smoking at downtown restaurants, bars, and cafés. “The impact of smoking has gotten worse and worse in downtown,” he said.

Aside from health concerns from exposure to cigarette smoke and feeling like he lives around an ashtray, Vinole said that his neighborhood — in the Gaslamp District — is littered with cigarette butts especially on weekends.

“The aftermath that you see on a Sunday morning is really bad.  I can probably pick up a thousand [cigarette] butts on the streets, sidewalks, and outdoor cafés,” he said. He suggested that the council consider implementing smoke-free policies, similar to those in Beverly Hills and other L.A. County cities.

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Interesting article. I must say I sympathize with Mr. Vinole, but he does happen to live in an area that has a pretty active club scene on weekends so a lot of cig butts are to be expected.

May 13, 2010

The city should either place ashtrays around town or require the business operators to place ashtrays infront of their establishments if they serve alcohol.

May 13, 2010

Not sure imposing another regulation on business owners is the answer, also, isn't the law now that you can't smoke within 30 feet of a public establishement? Are business owners going to be responsible for ashtrays that far away? I don't see the City footing the bill for public ashtrays. Not an easy solution to this issue that I can see.

May 13, 2010

Actually the law is 20ft, but is impractical in a down town setting. Basically you would have to stand in the middle of the street. There is no simple solution and aslong as people are going to drink, a lot of them will smoke as well.

May 13, 2010

Actually, they could be recycled: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100513/sc_nm/us_butts

May 14, 2010

Smoking is an addiction and those I speak to that have quit, say it is the hardest thing they have ever done...

The best solution I can think of is to add a CRV to each "cig. filter", so if folks throw them away, then others will pick them up (like they do Aluminum cans) and hopefully recycle them as listed above.

The only downside to this would be that some folks would choose to not buy the cig.'s with filters to save the CRV and they would get health problems sooner...

May 14, 2010

If all cigarettes were subject to CRV, they would have no choice. However, there is no practical use for cigarette butts at the moment due to the toxic chemicals trapped in the filter. Even if you could find someone to provide collection bins, say the cig companies, there is no facility to take them. I suppose we could ship them all to China, but seeing as they already have more than they need, kinda doubt that will fly.

As I said, there is no easy solution.

May 14, 2010

Founder: Actually, they've done a lot of studies about that. There's no correlation between getting cancer any more from filter or nonfilter cigs. One reason is that people tend to inhale a lot more forcefully on filtered cigarettes. Smoking isn't good for anyone, regardless, but the concept of those Kent micronite filters somehow filtering out the cancer is ridiculous.

May 14, 2010

Littering is already illegal, so simply enforce the law, don't try to add another business regulation. I know there is a heavy police presence in the Gaslamp, they could start to ticket litterers while they continue to look for more serious offenses. Once word gets out, most smokers will hold onto their butts. If this is really a big problem, have the business owners band together and ask the SDPD to enforce littering laws to curb this bad behavior.

Bonus effect: More $ for the city generated by these tickets. I have no sympathy for someone too lazy (or drunk) to find a trash can.

May 19, 2010

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