"Littering" is throwing trash on the ground.
Originally Posted by flaskpost
23111. No person in any vehicle and no pedestrian shall throw or
discharge from or upon any road or highway or adjoining area, public
or private, any lighted or nonlighted cigarette, cigar, match, or any
flaming or glowing substance. This section shall be known as the
Paul Buzzo Act.
You tossed the cigarette down on the road or adjoining area and got cited for it.
Per the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule the recommended fine and associated fees should come to about $380.