Cigarette Litter - BUTT, They're So Small!
There are people who would never think of littering; however, they think nothing of flipping a cigarette butt out of a window or on the ground. Cigarettes butts might be small, but they are mighty when it comes to the dangers they pose to the environment.
Did you know that cigarettes are the most littered item in America?
They represent nearly 30% of the items documented in nationwide clean-up initiatives. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate fibers and not cotton. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable. It can take years, for fibers to decay into a plastic powder that can not be seen. Butts have a lasting and negative impact on the environment.
Several trillion cigarette butts are casually flicked onto streets, parking lots, sidewalks, lakes and beaches annually. Typically, wind and rain carry these filters by way of ditches and sewer systems into the earth's water supply. The water we drink!
Cigarette butts discarded while still burning have caused numerous grass and forest fires. Hundreds of people in the United States die each year in fires started by cigarettes, and a few thousand individuals are injured. This is a great concern in Lubbock, especially during periods of drought.
Be environmentally responsible by properly disposing your cigarette butts in an ashtray or receptacle.
Give your cigarette butts a proper burial.
Don’t Flick It, Stick It.