Apr 16 2013
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Recommended Viewing: No Butts

What’s the number one littered item on U.S. roadways? Cigarette butts.

And that’s not much of a surprise given a new survey from Legacy, an advocacy group focused on ending youth smoking, and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, which found that more than 44 percent of those polled who’ve smoked admit to having dropped a cigarette on the ground. And nearly 32 percent of responders who’ve smoked have dropped a cigarette out of a car window.

Cigarette butts do way more harm than simply adding to unsightly litter. The butts include the cigarette’s plastic filter, which pose risks to animals and biodegrade only under extreme conditions. And cigarette butts contain carcinogens that can leach into soil, as well as chemicals that are poisonous to wildlife and can contaminate water sources.

Legacy and Leave No Trace have developed a suite of materials to help push people to action and reduce the butt litter.

Watch the PSA "Toxic Litter Everywhere" below.

Tags: Tobacco, Environmental health, Environment, Tobacco