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Continued: Withering Glance: Kickin' butt on the butt flickers

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CP: The butt-tossers are everywhere. I was at a remote beach on the south shore of Lake Superior last weekend, and the sand had proved irresistible to smokers.

 

RN: Treating the glory that is Gitchi gummi as one giant ashtray. Lovely. The plastics in those butts will pollute the lake’s fragile ecosystem for decades, but, hey, who cares? They got their smokes.

 

CP: Happily, I see this less frequently than in days of yore: the parking-lot piles that indicate a driver has delicately tapped out the entire contents of his or her ashtray onto the macadam.

 

RN: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the tobacco industry spends $27 million a day on cigarette advertising. Maybe a percentage was diverted to litterbug prevention. Right.

 

CP: About 130 million butts are tossed onto Texas highways annually, says that state’s DOT. Put that stat in your pipe and smoke it.

 

RN: I would, if I weren’t so grossed out. That’s probably enough to fill the Metrodome.

 

CP: Remember, no smoking within 100 feet of Mall of America Field.

 

E-mail: witheringglance@startribune.com

Twitter: @claudepeck and @RickNelsonStrib

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