Re "Bill targets smoking at home" (Page A1, Feb. 28): Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, really wants to safeguard the health of California's citizens he should be targeting the butts from filtered cigarettes and their disposal.
Smokers throw them everywhere they go and the things are loaded with toxins. So much so that the EPA has considered labelling them as hazardous waste. A single cigarette butt in a liter container of water will kill a fish. Just think of the millions that fill our city gutters and sewers, not to mention the millions that are tossed into the landscape every year where they leach those toxins into the soil and water courses.
How about a bill outlawing the sale and importation of filtered cigarettes and disposal of those disgusting, 2,500 year half-life cellulose cylinders of cancer causing, water polluting. soil contaminating elements anywhere but a hazardous landfill.
-- David Houghton, Sacramento