[6/2/17] WSP Says Littering Of Lit Tobacco Products Will Result In $1025 Fine

Posted in Health, Law Enforcement, Wildfire

Toss a lit cigarette out your window, and it will cost you…

060217 Lit Tobacco Fine 1 :04 “… your lit tobacco products.”

That’s Washington State Patrol trooper, Brian Moore…

060217 Lit Tobacco Fine 2 :39 “…product that came out.”

Trooper Moore’s advice to you…

060217 Lit Tobacco Fine 3 :09 “…if we observe it.”

The appropriate action Trooper Moore is referring to: a $1025 fine.


As conditions continue to dry out across the state, the danger of fires caused by individuals discarding lit tobacco products or other lit material from their vehicles increase.  One careless action can quickly turn into a major fire.  The resources needed to fight the fires and the losses associated with them, such as homes, structures and even life are extremely expensive and costly to tax payers.


The Washington State Patrol will take appropriate enforcement under RCW 70.93.060(4) for those who discard a lit tobacco product or other lit material.  It is a class 1 civil infraction as provided in RCW 7.80.120 for a person to discard, in violation of this section, potentially dangerous litter in any amount.