Right now, it’s against the law for a local government to ban or regulate
smoking on their public beaches or parks.
Cigarette butt litter accounts for one in every five items collected
during cleanups, making it the most prevalent form of litter on earth.
There are over 176,000,000 pounds of discarded cigarette butts in
the United States each year.
Over 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered worldwide each year. They
are the most littered item in the world.
Litter clean up costs the U.S. over $11 billion annually, cigarette butt
represent 32% of that litter.
Cigarette butts are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic,
which can take up to 25 years to break down. Cigarette butts may
seem small, but with several trillion butts littered every year, the toxic
chemicals add up!
Organic chemicals and heavy metals from cigarettes collect on
cigarette filters and are then washed out into our waterways and the
Birds and sea mammals ingest the butts, mistaking them for food.
No one wants to vacation at a dirty beach! Communities are losing
revenue as tourists decline to spend their vacation dollars to visit
beaches littered with cigarette butts.
SUPPORT SB 334 (Sen. Gruters) & HB 239 (Rep. Altman) to restore
local authority to implement smoking bans for public beaches.