Cigarette Butt Litter: ideas for science projects

Over the years, many students have written to Clean Virginia Waterways about their plans to do a science project that examines an aspect of cigarette litter. Here are some of the projects students have done:

Before you start, read about cigarette 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:

Please send photos or reports from your project to Clean Virginia Waterways. We would be happy to add your project to this website.

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?

Click here for newspaper articles about how communities are trying to fight 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.

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