Think of the countless cigarette butts that are flicked in the street, thrown in the gutter, or tossed in the lake each year. The number must be staggering… It is likely that a large percentage of used tobacco products are disposed of improperly and end up in places they shouldn’t.
Cigarette butts are the most common form of environmental litter in the world, with around 5.6 trillion cigarettes smoked every year. Cigarette waste accounts for almost a third of the total amount of litter found on US shorelines alone.
Not only is seeing this form of environmental litter disgusting but it is affecting the local wildlife. Tobacco use in the United States costs our country money, even in a time where the recession doesn’t feel like it is over.