The National Butt Party

The National Butt Party (Bob Parks 2009)You know, enough is enough.

In what he casts as an attack on litterbugs and nicotine addiction alike, Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to impose a fee on an age-old inhabitant of city streets: the cigarette butt.

The proposal, to be introduced next month to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, would add 33 cents to the cost of a pack of cigarettes, to offset the estimated $10.7 million the city spends annually removing discarded butts from gutters, drainpipes and sidewalks.

I agree that there are lazy smokers who litter.

But how about kids who toss their candy wrappers or soda cans on the street? Take a look at any street and tell me all the litter is only cigarettes. This is not a litter issue. It’s the ongoing use of smokers as a demonized revenue base, pure and simple. So, let’s get something started.

On the last weekend of every month, cigarette smokers (who use a legal product properly yet are demonized) will not buy cigarettes. If done monthly on a national scale, this should noticeably impact federal and state revenues to the point where lawmakers will either ban this dangerous product or leave us the hell alone.

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