Lawmakers want you to butt out

April 14, 2009 5:19:57 AM PDT
Butt out! That's the message from some Oregon lawmakers.

A bill in the Oregon Legislature would make pitching a cigarette butt a misdemeanor.

Violators would face a possible fine or community service, like picking up cigarette butts.

The Oregonian newspaper reports the idea for the bill is from activist Deb Schallert, who picked up hundreds of butts when she worked in state parks.

Legislators supporting the measure say smokers must be responsible for their own trash.

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