If you’re enjoying a cigar while traversing the roads of Washington state, you’ll want to make sure you have a place inside your car to put the nub, as tossing it out the window could earn you a fine of $1,025.

On Thursday, the Washington State Patrol issued an advisory warning of increased enforcement of motorists discarding lit tobacco products from their vehicles.

“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,” the agency said, adding that 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.

To help reduce those costs and risks, the troopers watching the highways will take “appropriate enforcement” under state law for whose who discard a lit tobacco product or other lit material. Doing so constitutes a class 1 civil infraction, which comes with a fine of $1,025.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.