The impact of cigarette butts on our environment
Cigarette butts are one of the smallest environmental offenders. With the flick of a butt, far reaching, devestating consequences can occur, or absolutely nothing can happen. We all know that cigarette butts that haven't been fully extinguished can cause forest fires, but how else do they affect the environment?
The Effects on Wildlife
Cigarette butts stand out amongst the crowds. Just like some people smoke them because they think they look cool, animals find cigarette butts interesting. Animals have no idea what a cigarette butt is, but it has some sort of fragrant stuff in the middle and seems edible. While larger mammals might survive eating a butt, small animals and especially marine life will die.
The Cost of Cigarette Butt Cleanup
Cigarette butts might be small, but the cost to clean them up isn't. Small cigarette butts take many man hours to rake and pick up. This is annoying for home owners, part of the job for landscapers, an annoyance to the town workers, an eye sore for everyone, and a big cost for everyone. Who pays for the cleanup of cigarette butts in your town? You do, with your taxes!
What Smokers Can Do to Help
Smokers can do one small thing. We don't have to go into the dangers of smoking and the consequences on the human body (but if you'd like to find out, read this). And what is it that you can do? Don't litter. Cigarette butts should be contained into a space that will (hopefully) allow most of the cigarette to biodegrade, that being a landfill. No Butts About It offers free downloads of posters encouraging cigarette butt cleanup.