BG: Since my city passed an ordnance banning smoking within some-number-of-feet in front of public buildings, the ashtrays that used to stand outside my office building have been removed. Some ignore the ban and choose to smoke near the buildings [[Not trying to start a smoking-ban debate!
For the past week, a gentleman has been disposing of his cigarette butts in the trash can that sits near the door of my office (which is actually a small computer lab, so is more "public space" than most offices). I hadn't noticed until I came to open the office one day and was overwhelmed by the smell of stale cigarette. The gentleman smokes hand-rolled cigarettes, and the smell of the tobacco is quite pungent. I didn't realize he was the one who had left the cigarette until I noticed him pause in my doorway and toss another butt in the can.
On one hand, I appreciate the fact that he isn't simply throwing the butts on the ground, as many others do. OTOH...they smell!
Is there an etiquette to trash cans? Would I be out of line to request that he use another can (an outside can, that is). Or is it decidedly Special Snowflake to try to dictate what people throw away!