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4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year. Yuck!

Source: Novotny TE, Zhao F. “Consumption and production waste: another externality of tobacco use.” Tobacco Control. 1999: 75-80.
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One cigarette butt soaked in a liter of water killed half of the fish exposed in a study in a laboratory setting.

Source: Slaughter, Elli, et al."Toxicity of cigarette butts, and their chemical components, to marine and freshwater fish." Tobacco Control. 2011. Web.
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One tree is killed for just 15 packs of Cigarettes.

Source: "Billions of trees. Millions of cigarette butts. One dangerous product." California Department of Public Health. 2015. Web.
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Most cigarette filters are made of plastic, not cotton (like your shirt)

Source: Fundamental Research Centre,Luke, JA. Degradability of Filter Materials and Plastics Packaging. 1991 September 20. British American Tobacco.
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Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.

Source: Micevska, T., et al. "Variation in, and Causes of, Toxicity of Cigarette Butts to a Cladoceran and Microtox." Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 50(2). Feb. 2006: 205-12. Web.
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Secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults every single year.

Source: “Get the Facts.” Smoke-Free ATL - Everyone in ATL Has the Right to Breathe Smoke-Free Air. 2018.
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Even brief contact with secondhand smoke can cause harm.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010.
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Cigarettes are the most Littered Item On Earth.

Source: "Top 10 Items Found." Ocean Conservancy. Web.
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There is no level or amount of exposure to secondhand smoke that is “risk-free.”

Source: “Smokefree Policies Improve Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Dec. 2016,
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Every year, 27 million pounds of pesticides are used to grow tobacco.

Source: "Fact Sheet: Environmental Impact of Tobacco." Multnomah County Health Department. March 2013. Web.
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Cigarettes aren’t biodegradable — which means they don’t fully break down over time.

Source: "The Environment vs Cigarettes." Quit Smoking Community. 27 Nov. 2013.
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1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!

Source: "TRI 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229)." A Center for Effective Government. Washington, DC. 2011. Web.
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