I’m always finding stupid places where cigarettes have stamped out, odd places where someone has mashed cigarette-ends to put out the flame, and drowned where they have been thrown into water-ways (road-gutters, creek-beds, etc).
As an ardent anti-smoker, this gets me bloody angry that people can be so careless with what is ultimately a ‘dangerous weapon’. So I am taking a new stance on this issue:
I am putting both my photography and graphic-design skills together to put together posters that show where I have found your cigarette butts PLUS show a quick message reminding you that you still have time to quit this disgusting habit … thus saving your life and the lives of all that you are effecting.
Here is the first of a range of quit-posters you will find upon my flickr gallery. This is the top of a bin at a train station. It stinks of nicotine and all the other noxious chemicals in cigarettes.
This is the top of those ash-tray-lids that our state chooses to put a’top garbage bins, which are in public places which are commonly used for pleasure, transportation and shopping. Which means young children walking by, whose mouths and noses at the same level as the top of these bins, directly inhale the contents. This means that mothers with prams/pushers are indirectly allowing young children to inhale the decaying smell.
Whilst it’s far better than the alternatives (stubbed out on bitumen, pavement, road, etc), the bins don’t exactly fix the real problem.
Here is another image created to help convince you that your smoking habit is not doing anyone any favours.
Do we seriously want to poison the next generation? These are the same people who we want to run our country, support us in our retirement years, drive the trains and buses, the same people we bring up with moralistic views … yet our society continues to allow these cancer-sticks to be part of main-stream life. Mixed messages? Definitely.