Cigarettes are the most Littered Item On Earth.
4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year. Yuck!
Source: Slaughter, E., R. M. Gersberg, K. Watanabe, J. Rudolph, C. Stransky, and T. E. Novotny. "Toxicity of Cigarette Butts, and Their Chemical Components, to Marine and Freshwater Fish." Tobacco Control 20.Supplement 1 (2011): I25-29.
An estimated 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year.
Source: "Cigarette Butts Are Toxic Waste." California Department of Public Health. 2015. Web.
600 MILLION TREES are chopped down every year for Big Tobacco.
Source: "Tobacco and the environment." Action on Smoking and Health. Sept. 2015. Web.
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.
Secondhand smoke contains 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic and can cause cancer.
Source: Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, July 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.