Cigarette butts are not just a nuisance. They are toxic waste.
“Smokers around the world buy roughly 6.5 trillion cigarettes each year. That’s 18 billion every day. While most of a cigarette’s innards and paper wrapping disintegrate when smoked, not everything gets burned. Trillions of cigarette filters also known as butts or ends are leftover, only an estimated third of which make it into the trash. The rest are casually flung into the street or out a window” (National Geographic).
Apart from the serious health consequences by inhalation of tobacco smoke that causes a greater increase in the risk of cancer, the leftover cigarette butts are negatively impacting and damaging our environment. They contain chemicals that contaminate our waterways, ground soil and harm our wildlife.