Waiting in an ashtray…

Everyday  waiting for the bus or the S-Bahn I witness one of the most intriguing phenomena: the careless-flipping-away-of-cigarette-buds.

In most smokers minds’ cigarette buds do not seem to be classified as litter. No, I do not hate smokers, I just do not understand this part of their actions (and yes, I do feel a bit offended by it). Has it ever occurred to you that cigarette buds are litter and belong into a bin or ashtray and not on the public floor?

It is not as if the person looks around for a rubbish bin, then cannot find one or thinks it’s too far to walk to, and then decides to rather drop it on the floor. It seems to be a totally unconscious act. Maybe somebody can explain this to me? It is a mystery to me. I assume, you do not just drop the buds on your floor at home – or do you?

I salute the few smokers who carry a portable ashtray and use it to store their ash and buds or those who are conscious enough to make use of public rubbish bins.

As I found this so intriguing, I thought I have a bit of my own fun:

Smoke Victims

Smoke Victims

busy drawing


Smoke Victims

Smoke Victims (close up)

2 thoughts on “Waiting in an ashtray…

  1. Petra

    Hi, hi – what a fun idea – hope it was noticed! Do you always walk around with a big chalk in your handbag? I tend to have chalk in the car – great entertainment for the kids at playground, dog park etc 🙂

    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Yes, it was fun, and it was noticed (somebody rearranged the buds a short while after i made the drawings). i walked around with the chalk for some time to do this 😉 Guess it is almost as much entertainment for grown-up kids like me, as for small ones – but i am sure they are more free in using it and playing than we are.


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