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Pocket appeal

Further to yesterday's post, Pat Nurse sent me an email about pocket ashtrays:

I collect pocket ashtrays. I am always banging on about them to smokers in a bid to help them avoid the penalty for dropped litter.

They cost about £4 or £5 but I have also seen cheaper versions, not so decorative, in newsagents and tobacco shops for £2 or £3. They are metal and clip shut.

I carry mine in a small velvet bag with a touch of dry lavendar inside to negate any stale tobacco smells until I can empty it.

I have noticed more smokers using small tins, pots or tiny hotel jamjars with screw tops.

It annoys me that the authorities will not promote the use of these things rather than come down jackboot first.

Several members of Forest's Facebook group have commented as well:

Jenny Burrill, a long-time Forest supporter, wrote:

Excellent little ash purses available on the Internet. Foil lined, which puts out the butt, and hold five butts. Can't understand why they don't seem to advertise, I always have one at the ready.

Liz Owen commented:

I hate butts in floors even more than most non smokers as just looks so awful. I have two portable ashtrays that go everywhere with me, but wish they sold them with the cigarettes in supermarkets as would encourage more people to use them.

I may have underestimated the appeal of pocket ashtrays. Go on Amazon and you'll find a wide selection, mostly very cheap.

I don't know how long they last, or how useful they are, but I'd like to test them and find out.

What we need is a panel of smokers willing to provide feedback so we can compare and contrast a range of designs over a set period – rather like those long-term tests in What Car? magazine.

Watch this space.

Below: Pat Nurse with cigarette and pocket ashtray in Bayeaux

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Reader Comments (4)

The one I am using in the photo was bought in Cochem in the Mosel Valley, Germany, in 2015 and it is still in excellent condition. I bought a friend one too but she has put a paper clip where the hinge on hers broke but she still uses it. I think, therefore, that they are great value for money.

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 14:25 | Unregistered Commenterpat nurse

Lovely to put a face to you Pat. You look very happy !

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 16:52 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy Goodacre

I once bought a tin of Altoid mints and chucked out the mints - into a bin of course. It lasted more than a decade as my pocket ashtray. (I don't like mints!) Much cheaper alternative and available in more places than pocket ashtrays.

Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 19:01 | Unregistered CommenterStu1

Pat's pocket ashtray looks like mine which has a little leaf that pops up when you open the lid so that you can rest your cigarette.

Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 20:19 | Unregistered CommenterJay

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