Tobacco & The Environment

Tobacco & The Environment

Cigarette butts are the most common litter item in the world!

Cigarette butts are found everywhere (ground, tundra, rivers). When these butts fall apart they release toxic chemicals.

Did you know?

  • Cigarette butts take about 18 months to breakdown, but they take 12 years to degrade completely.
  • Fish, seals, birds and other aquatic animals can mistake the butts for food. Animals that eat cigarette butts can get sick or die.
  • Rain and cigarettes don’t mix! Rain releases a cigarette’s chemicals, making them run into the ground. They end up in our bays, lakes, rivers and oceans. These chemicals can be deadly to ocean life.