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Cigarette Butts are Litter

AND they are toxic as well as unsightly!

Did you know...

•Smokers discard BILLIONS of cigarette butts each year.
•A large percent of cigarette butts are “tossed” directly into the environment.
•Cigarette butts accumulate outside of buildings, in parking lots and on streets where they can be transported through our storm drains into our streams and rivers.
•Cigarette filters look like cotton, but are made of cellulose acetate, a plastic that is slow to degrade in the environment.
•A pack and a half a day equals more than 10,000 cigarettes a year. 10,000 cigarette butts is equivalent, in volume, to five liters.
•Nicotine is a powerful insecticide and, in its pure form, among the deadliest of all plant products.
•Tobacco residue, along with the toxic chemicals left in cigarette filters that are tossed as butts, quickly leach into our water supply.
•Cigarette butts are the most common type of litter on earth.
•Cigarette butts harm our environment.

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