Facts about Cigarettes and Litter

Are cigarette filters biodegradable?

What are cigarettes and cigarette filters made of?

How many cigarettes are smoked every year?

Why are there so many littered cigarette butts?


Students and Teachers:

Are you interested in doing a science fair project on cigarette litter? Click here for ideas and information.

Impacts of cigarette litter (Fires, ingestion by animals and children, cost of cleanup, toxins, etc.)

Q&A about cigarette litter

How can we prevent cigarette litter?

Read all about cigarette butt litter! Click here to read an article that was published in the August 2000 issue of the American Littoral Society journal, The Underwater Naturalist. This article, by CVW's Executive Director Kathleen M. Register, includes background data, such as the fact that 2.1 billion pounds of cigarette filters were discarded worldwide in 1998, along with results of her research showing that leached chemicals from cigarette filters are deadly to the water flea Daphnia magna, a small crustacean at the lower end of, but important to the aquatic food chain.

Click here for newspaper articles about how communities are trying to reduce cigarette litter.

Click here for information about workplace smoking bans, and how they impact cigarette litter in the environment.

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