Letter to the Editor: Butts show lack of respect

Smokers! If you don't want to quit smoking so be it, but at least  show a little respect and clean up your act!

We are so fortunate to have so many scenic walking trails in our city!

The paths along both the Granby and the Kettle River are  wondrous worlds filled with wildlife of all kinds. The sights, smells and sounds can be truly breathtaking—unless you happen to look down!

The pathways are literally carpeted with cigarette butts! There are butts along the shores of both rivers, the Trans Canada Trail and the sidewalks are littered with the ugly foul smelling things.

The fact that smokers are willing to pay $10 a day or more to facilitate their  inevitable horrible choking, cancer-ridden death is truly puzzling but not nearly as puzzling as the disgusting lack of respect shown to the non-smokers, the wildlife and the planet by this dwindling dying minority tossing their butts everywhere.

Smokers! If you don’t want to quit smoking so be it, but at least  show a little respect and clean up your act!

E. Walker,

Grand Forks