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Environmental Destruction

How the tobacco industry’s products affect us all through environmental impact

Published Apr 11, 2022
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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.1 2 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.

The state spends more than $9 billion per year on tobacco-related medical costs. Another $8.5 billion per year is lost as a result of reduced work productivity due to increased employee smoking breaks, illness, and death.4

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Hold the industry accountable

California has already protected people from other harmful products, and it's time to hold the tobacco industry to the same standards.