Smokers should be cited for littering with butts

Visitors and residents who have transplanted themselves to Hawaii from the Mainland and other parts of the world should stop their complaining with regard to cane burning. Sugar cane and pineapple were the main source of Hawaii’s economy. Thus cane burning has been going on for decades.

What should concern everyone – residents and visitors alike – is our beautiful islands turning into ashtrays.

No matter where you go, you’ll see cigarette butts. What has happened to respecting the aina?

I work at Kahului Airport and find it very disgusting to see cigarette butts all over the ground, especially when there are ashtrays located in designated smoking areas.

People just don’t care. They smoke wherever they want and just throw their cigarette butts on the ground. This is littering, and I think people should get cited.

To the smokers: What’s so hard about throwing cigarette butts in an ashtray or trash can? Maybe they should carry a small plastic bag and, after each time they’re done smoking, place the butt in the bag and dispose of it. Maybe after seeing how many cigarettes they’ve smoked they might just want to quit smoking.

Let’s all do our part and show respect for our aina.

Henry D. Atay