Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Metro theory: Red Line was shut down because of an inconsiderate smoker

Okay. I know this site is all about secondhand smoke. But I can’t help but note this item, brought to my attention by a fellow Smokefree DC board member:

The folks at Metro — Washington, D.C.’s subway system – think that a careless smoker was responsible for the Red Line shutting down yesterday. According to their theory, a smoker walking down the sidewalk tossed a smoldering butt into a shaft, where it ignited debris, causing smoke to spread. The Red Line was shut down for about half an hour — enough to cause severe delays up and down the line.

Stunning. I often wonder what people are thinking when they throw their cigarettes on the ground. Don’t they realize the plastic filters aren’t biodegradable? It’s bad enough that you are polluting the air on the (often crowded) sidewalk. But really? They have to litter too? Do they think they look cool when they do that? Surely they wouldn’t toss their potato chip bag on the ground. Right? Right???

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