Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: Smoking While Caching
started by: PC Medic
Posted by PC Medic on Mar. 28 2002,6:48 pmNot really much of a discussion topic, but something I thought worth mentioning. Mainly because while out hiking in a local park this past weekend I witnessed another hiker casually flick their cigarette butt off into the wilderness.
Now with the mild winter many have just had, and the drought conditions due to lack of rain in many areas (including here in S.E. Virginia), I don't think I need to tell you conditions are ripe for fires. I had to call in a small brush fire last fall while out caching and ee have already had a couple small brush fires in the area this spring (and spring has barely started).
Please, if you smoke.....learn how to field strip your butts. And even then, please don't throw them on the ground. Like any other garbage, carry them out with you to the nearest trash can! If if you see someone else toss a lit butt off into the dry leaves, by all means smack them in the back of the haed and say, "Hey Dipsh*t, pick that up!"
Posted by mikechim on Mar. 28 2002,6:51 pmI think there are few things nastier then cigarette butts on the trail, well ok their are nastier things (though I'd rather pack out beer and pop cans then cig butts any day), the problem is that I don't think that many smokers even consider it polluting.
Posted by PC Medic on Mar. 28 2002,6:59 pmWell I am no longer a smoker (quit after my first heart attack almost 6 years ago), but my wife still is, and she is a fanatic about it as I am. But yes you are correct, many would just as soon flick it into the blue yonder as give it a twist and stick it in their pocket. Those are the ones I worry about
Posted by mikechim on Mar. 28 2002,7:08 pmI don't smoke cigarettes but several of my friends do, there have been times on hikes they've thrown their butts on the side of the trail and I had to lay the smack down on them. I mean doing it in their yard or on the street is one thing, but doing it in a state park, forest, or other natural area is completely different.
Posted by Rob on Mar. 29 2002,6:47 amI probably would smoke if it weren’t such a hassle. Can’t smoke in the house, it’s even banned in our trucks at work. Anyway, I live in serious fire country. One false move and the place goes up. I was flabbergasted a few weeks ago when someone left firecrackers in one of my caches. Geez!!
Posted by Guest on Aug. 20 2002,5:41 am
When Candie and I were in Colorado last week, we couldn't believe how dry it was out there. We wished we could give them a finger from our lakes!! LOL You couldn't even throw a cigarette butt out of the window; we saw what it can do upclose! Highway fires! Between Pueblo and the Springs, that is exactly what happened; smoke every where and spreading like crazy!
Back on the subject; I feel like the rest of you do; give it a twist and stick it in your pocket. That is called respect for the land and people around you. I put them in my pocket all the time. It is littering and it does polute, but I think it polutes more when they are lit! LOL
Besides, how can you hike and smoke at the same time? Isn't that defeating the purpose of a hike? Some of those hikes are tough! I smoke, but not while caching. Wish I could just quit!
Posted by Alan2 on Aug. 24 2002,1:39 pmSome of those hikes are tough! I smoke, but not while caching. Wish I could just quit!
I stopped 8 years ago in Nicotine Anonymous after 35 years smoking. Amazing!
I still run out of breath on the trail though.
Posted by Shilfiell on Oct. 01 2002,1:15 am
That's one reason I shy away from the social aspects of geocaching as well as the caches with the tough climbs: I smoke pretty much all the time. I spend too much time picking up trash to add to it, though.