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.
Pass this on.