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Bin The Butt

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


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