CigarettesIf you live in Illinois and are used to throwing cigarette butts on the ground, then read carefully!

Illinois is in the process of enacting a law that would make it illegal to throw your cigarette butt on the ground.  Violation of this law would warrant a fine of up to $1,500.  This law is said to take effect on January 1, 2014!

According to Illinois's Litter Control Act, HB 3243, “cigarette butts are a dangerous form of litter for the environment.”  This law is meant to limit the amount of street litter.  Apparently, nearly 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts become toxic waste yearly.

Illinois cops will most likely take this law very seriously.  So the next time you think about flicking a butt out your window, remember that it comes with a heavy fine.  Not worth it!  By the way, a fourth or fifth time offender could be punished with a $25,000 fine and time in prison.

What are your thoughts regarding this law?  Do you think this law is necessary?