They're everywhere. About 360 billion cigarette butts are consumed in the U.S. every year1 and these end up in streets, sidewalks, neighborhoods, college campuses, waterways, lakes, oceans...everywhere.
If cigarette butt waste was just litter that'd be bad enough. But it's not. Scientific studies recently proved cigarette butts are toxic waste.2 Really toxic waste.
Check out the information on this website, and if you're as shocked as we were, help us get the word out. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Look for our images, videos and webinars. Share what you see with your network. And join us! We'll post whatever you or your organization create to help spread these messages. Together we can raise the awareness about Toxic Butts.
Our sixth video, "Unnatural 'Natural' Cigarettes":
Our fifth video, "Montage of Cigarette Butts":
Our fourth video, "Is Your Campus an Ashtray?":
Our third video, "Butts on the Beach":
Our second video, "Toxic Waste":
Our first video, "Toxic Butts and a Goldfish":
1. U.S Department of Agriculture. Tobacco Outlook Report, Economic Research Service, October 24, 2007. Available online: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/ers/TBS//2000s/2007/TBS-10-24-2007.pdf
2. Slaughter E, Gersberg R, Watanabe K, Rudolph J, Stransky C, Novtony TE. Toxicity of Cigarette Butts, and their Chemical Components, to Marine and Freshwater Fish, Tobacco Control, 2011; 20(Suppl 1).Available online: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/20/Suppl_1/i25.full