Re "Cigarette butt ban bill extinguished in committee" (Capitol & California, May 7): It doesn't matter if a cigarette has a butt or not. Both smoking and littering is bad for the environment.
Smoking affects those who are exposed to it and those who have to live with the constant littering of these butts in the streets, waterways and beaches. Why not talk about the effect it has on individuals rather that what monetary loss?
The environment is our health. There will always be dangers when it comes to smoking. If people don't care about what smoking does to their body, they could care less about the environment. A lit cigarette is what causes fires. People toss half-smoked cigarettes on the streets, so banning the butt will make no difference. We will still have the same problems with half-smoked cigarettes.
-- Michelle Ledezma, Stockton