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Canadians Can Be Fined Up To $2000 For Flicking Cigarette Ash

Smokers beware!

Smokers need to worry about yet another thing that’s coming after them. A man in Canada was ticketed this week for ashing a cigarette outside his car window. After being stopped by local police, the man was fined $2,000.

Since there are no ashtrays installed in newly produced vehicles, driving smokers have to ash outside their windows. Critics will point to a slew of cupholder ashtray options currently on the market but smokers say that they shouldn’t be fined for littering because sometimes, they have no choice but to ash outside their window. 

From now on, according to the Police, a fine up to $2000 is in effect for anyone who will ash a cigarette outside his car window in these provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia.

The issued ticket claims that “this infraction constitutes a public nuisance that is prohibited. In a public domain, it is prohibited to litter any ashes, paper, newspapers, and garbage” .

What’s really got people enraged is that this ticket wasn’t for throwing a cigarette butt, but for ashing a cigarette. The outrage stems from the fact that the police officer stopped the man in his car, which is apparently too much to handle for some.

However, more people point out that because there are stricter restrictions on smokers these days, the police officer did a good job. Some even blame the man who ashed his cigarette, saying that he should “keep his garbage in his car.” 

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