It is nearly three years since I quit smoking. 27 February 2009. I say this not because I want cheers (waits for cheers to cease) but so you know I speak with the tongue of a ‘reformed sinner’, and they can be such a pain. When I was in Rugby a while back, outside of a small block of flats, canal side, along the edge of the canal were hundreds of dog-ends seemingly thrown from the flats into the canal, but not quite making the distance. Cigarette ends proliferate along the canal side. I remember I used to flick my dog-ends into the water as I went along. And I hate myself for it now. In parts of Oxfordshire there is a fine of £75 for dropping a cigarette end in the street or public place. I think Abingdon has signs up. I don't see why that cant be applied across the board. Enforcement would be a problem, but we shouldn't let that stop us making laws that in time will improve the environment. Lack of enforcement has never before been used as an excuse.