• Jan 24th 2008 at 7:29PM
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As one smoker said at the Detroit Auto Show, "Do you know what smokers have to go through today just to smoke? It's like they're trying to erase us from history." More and more carmakers are making it harder to smoke in one's own vehicle by replacing lighters and ashtrays with storage spaces and power outlets.

The trend is driven by "pressure from anti-smoking groups, fewer smokers and the need for the extra storage space." According to the United Health Foundation, about 20.8% of the population smokes, which means about 60 million people. According to Apple, 100 million people have bought iPods. Add that to the 4 million iPhones sold, and the untold millions of Blackberrys, Palms, Razrs and what have you, and it's easy to see that people who need juice on-the-go well outnumber people who need a puff on-the-go.

Not that we're advocating the rarity of ashtrays. While a company like Chrysler hasn't put ashtrays and the like in its cars since 1996, automakers more likely to have humidor-owning customers, like Rolls-Royce, still include places to properly dispose of cigar ash -- and they're beautiful to behold as well. If anything, we do think it a bit unfair that some carmakers make you pay for your smoking gear, from $15 to $100 for a "smokers group" option. That just ain't right, since, like Vegas, what happens in your car, stays in your car...

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not even a smoker anymore but I believe people should have the right to do whatever they want to themselves. Cancer will get you if old age doesnt its a fact of life. My experience with the people who bit** about smokers are usually partaking in some other form of self destructive behavior not to mention behavior that may affect my health. The world would be better if people were more tolerant of others, something that parents have obviously stopped teaching their kids!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      For the folks who smell cig smoke from a car in front of them???
      Don't you think the car is exhaling more polutants than the cig?
      I find car/truck exaust more abusive than cig smoke
      • 7 Years Ago
      Once they are done picking on smokers, they will shift their attention on someone else. Maybe it will be people who wear too much purfume, or eat too much fatty foods, who knows. The media and the medical community are like bullies on the playground, they don't ever go away... they just shift their attention onto someone else, some day it may be you!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      These should have been an option for the morons who used them decades ago. But this is another example of how the auto industry is out of touch with reality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Communist Russia anyone?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I can't stand anything more than having cigarettes flung out windows by the assholes smoking in the car in front of me."

      - Hey, genius. If there's no ashtrays in the car, how many more cigs do you think will be flung out the window? If that's something you have a problem with, you should be FOR including ashtrays.

      Oh - and for the record - I'm not a smoker. I'm just tired of people forcing others to conform. Unless they make smoking illegal altogether, this is insane. They never will though because the tobacco companie make money and the people who get punished are those smoking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unfortunately I have been a smoker for years. once it has you, it has you, and good for you people who have found a way to quit. But seriously, for those of us who do smoke, is it really better to take away the ashtrays?Those of you who complain we are throwing them out the window of our cars, because you voted to REMOVE the ashtrays from cars....and what about the restaurants, bars who cant provide a place for smokers anymore....do you honestly think, that is making it better, all people will do then, is go out in the parking lot, and throw them on the ground. Some of you are being erased, just by the chemicals you use on your hair or face, or what about that addicting chocolate pie, that made you fat.....should we take all your pie away, just because you are addicted to it? How'd you like to eat that without a fork, cause us NON pie eaters, think its our business to control what you do, or dont do. Yes I wish I did not smoke.....but come on...are we in russia? These comments are stupid and ridiculous, and I bet for you non smokers, you have MANY more addictions, that are hidden in your closet, than any of us who smoke do. Least we dont hide our addiction...most of us are trying to NOT smoke....but the non smokers, do not help us do that...do they? Lets take the Logs out of our own eyes first....see you dont even smoke, and you find it your business to be on this site? WOW Thanks

      • 7 Years Ago
      Smokers are low-lifes. Uneducated, and very, very inconsiderate. How many of us have seen the sparks fly as yet another hillbilly tosses a cig out of a pickup truck. The fires they cause are another issue, but most of all they are obnoxious and rude.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone else find it annoying when a smoker driving in front of you sometimes hundreds of feet ahead and the smoke still comes in your open car window? If you loose the ashtrays then more butts on the road that take 5-12 years to decay. Great!
      Barry Badguy
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a smoker, I guess it's only right that I'll just have to pony up for the smoking accessories. That's okay. I guess I'd have to pay extra, as well, for having a built-in wet bar or condom dispenser if I wanted those in my dashboard. You get what you pay for. Different strokes for different folks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course smoking is bad for you, and drinking alcohol, bugging jumping, swimming,snow skiing, boating, air planes,exposure to the sun, freezing weather, cell phones,sugar, fried foods, amusements park rides, standing in a lighting storms, golfing, horse backing riding, roller skating, walking across the street, just being born is a risk.
      • 7 Years Ago
      MAYBE instead of leaving out the ashtrays and lighters they should put in Breathalyzers for all the Drunk IDIOTS instead. See I can have a cigarette and never hurt anyone but myself. But a drunk driver kills people everyday while driving. But, Our GOVENOR who (I think) is an IDIOT TO probolly gave them a tax break for doing this)ONLY because she herself, I do believe has to have her daily drink.
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