Charge buttheads a wildfire tax

The majority (of wildfires are)caused by man, specifically smokers discarding their cigarette butts.

To the editor:

I see all the forest fire reports throughout British Columbia, the most recent being in Peachland and Vaseaux Lake.

The majority are caused by man, specifically smokers discarding their cigarette butts.

I hiked a trail on Knox Mountain and in 30 minutes I counted 87 cigarette butts along just one side of the trail. I know it happened over a course of time but I would live in fear if I owned a home on Knox Mountain.

Maybe it’s just luck or the smokers exercised extra care but how long can you trust luck?

Maybe smokers need to pay a ‘fire tax’ to recover some of the cost for fire services, property destroyed. Lives ruined, homes and businesses lost.

Every street, every trail and path in every city, village and wilderness is lined with discarded cigarette butts.

Ivor Tiltin,

Kelowna

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