Did you know you’re paying for Big Tobacco’s toxic mess? It’s true — California spends an estimated $41 million annually cleaning up cigarette butts and other tobacco product waste. More than one million pounds of cigarette butts are removed from California’s beaches and inland waterways each year, and the reality is, removing cigarette butts from California’s landscape isn’t just for looks. Cigarette butts are toxic. They leak poisons and heavy metals into the state’s soil and waterways, and while tobacco companies continue to rake in billions, California communities keep footing the bill to clean up their mess.
Cigarette Butts Hold Super-Concentrated Levels of Toxins
Cigarette butts aren’t just harmless bits of paper and cotton—they’re toxic waste. They contain cellulose acetate, which is a fancy word for “non-biodegradable plastic”, and discarded butts contain nicotine, formaldehyde, arsenic, lead, and other toxic chemicals and heavy metals, many of which are identified as carcinogenic, that leak into our environment. When these toxic chemicals are released into the environment, they pose a threat to the health of humans, pets, fish, and wildlife.
Make Big Tobacco Come Clean
Right now there are about 4.5 trillion of Big Tobacco’s butts polluting the planet. Doesn’t seem right placing this toxic burden on the shoulders of individuals and communities when the people who make them rake in billions in profits, does it? It’s time for Big Tobacco to step up and clean up the toxic mess they made.
Visit TobaccoFreeCA.com/Come-Clean for more information on how you can make Big Tobacco come clean.