Did you know? Cigarette butts on streets end up in waterways ...
One cigarette butt can contaminate a litre of water so severely that fish cannot survive in the water (San Diego State University)
Cigarette butts account for 28% of litter on beaches worldwide (Ocean Conservancy)
845 000 tons of cigarette butts (5.6 trillion butts) end up as litter every year
Nicotine is lethal to species of fish, crustaceans, zooplankton, and other aquatic animals, as well as being a known insecticide
Cigarette butts present a hazard to wildlife who mistake them for food. Cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, that is not biodegradable.
This kind of plastic has been found in the stomachs of sea turtles, fish, birds, whales and other marine creatures.
This article originally appeared at the Two Oceans Aquarium