Don't Flick Your Cigarette Butt
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TAKE ACTION TODAY
- If you smoke today, don't litter the butt.
- When you see a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or stranger smoking, ask him or her to discard the butt in an appropriate receptacle.
- If you see someone flick a cigarette butt on the ground, politely ask them to pick it up, or do it yourself. Maybe they will see you and get the point.
- Consider posting the statistics below at designated smoking areas at your workplace or school.
- Don't smoke.
- The average smoker smokes 10,000 cigarettes a year.
- Cigarette butts are the most commonly littered item in the U.S.
- Over 100 billion cigarette butts, weighing 100 million pounds, end up as litter each year.
- Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a plastic that takes decades to decompose.
- 28% of all ocean and beach debris is cigarette butts. They have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, whales and other marine creatures that mistake them for food.
- Over 858 civilian deaths, 1,591 civilian injuries, and $480 million in direct property damage occur each year due to over 25,000 cigarette-caused fires.
- 1 in 4 victims of cigarette-caused fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.
- Annual cigarette butt litter, end on end, measures more than 2 million miles. That is 337 roundtrips from Los Angeles to New York.
- Imagine a 7 foot wide cigarette butt highway stretching across the country.