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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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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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Second-hand smoke is more harmful for the environment than driving some cars. The air pollution from cigarettes is 10 times more than diesel cars.

Source: Invernizzi, G. "Particulate Matter from Tobacco versus Diesel Car Exhaust: An Educational Perspective." Tobacco Control 13.3 (2004): 219-21.
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Cigarettes are the most Littered Item On Earth.

Source: "Top 10 Items Found." Ocean Conservancy. Web.
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One cigarette company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine.

Source: "A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. Other Effects. 2004: 616. Report.
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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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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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Toxins seep out of cigarette butts, which contaminate water.

Source: Barnes, Richard L. “Regulating the Disposal of Cigarette Butts as Toxic Hazardous Waste.” Tobacco Control 20.Suppl_1 (2011): i45–i48. PMC. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
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Every day, cows release methane gas into the air. From you know where. But methane is also found somewhere else. Yesiree, in cigarette smoke.

Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine, 19 Nov. 2001. Report.
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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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Smoke-free policies are more likely to protect white-collar employees than those working blue-collar jobs.

Source: “Get the Facts.” Smoke-Free ATL - Everyone in ATL Has the Right to Breathe Smoke-Free Air. 2018.
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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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