How the tobacco industry’s products affect us all through environmental impact
Tobacco products negatively impact and damage our environment. Cigarette butts are not just a nuisance, they are toxic waste. They contain chemicals that contaminate our waterways and ground soil and harm our wildlife.12 Discarded lit cigarettes can cause fires, which can damage homes and land.3It is also very costly to clean up cigarette waste – a problem that continues to grow every year.
Cigarette butts are the most littered item found on California highways and beaches.
- Novotny, Lum, Smith, Wang, & Barnes, "Cigarettes Butts and the Case for an Environmental Policy on Hazardous Cigarette Waste." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. May 2009; 6(5): 1691-1705.
- Register, Kathleen. "Cigarette Butts as Litter - Toxic as Well as Ugly." Underwater Naturalist Bulletin of the American Littoral Society. 25(20), August 2000.
- American for Nonsmokers' Rights, "Tobacco Environmental Toll." ANR Update, 27(4), Winter 2008.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC)."