There is an outrage about plastic straws, but what about littering cigarette butts?

How is it more shameful to use a plastic straw than to drop cigarette butts in our parks, our streets, and our water? These butts are full of serious toxins and micro plastics that takes a lot of work to clean up. Let’s raise our voices and shame those who don’t dispose of cigarette butts properly and make the taxpayers pay more for the city staff to clean up this litter.

The Beach and Beyond 2019 Report by Ocean Conservancy and International Coastal Cleanup, 2019

“More than half-a-million cigarette butts cleaned off Canada’s shores in 2018” by Spencer Harwood, CTV News Vancouver, May 10, 2019

 “Think before you flick – cigarette butts aren’t biodegradable” by Natalie Nanowski, CBC News, April 4, 2019

 “Cigarette butts are polluting the ocean more than plastic straws – so why not ban these?” by Katie Dangerfield, Global News, September 3, 2018

 “Why a ban on plastic straws sucks” by Peter Shawn Taylor, Macleans, May 13, 2018

“How Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Even Worse” by Camille Harmer and William F. Shughart II, Fortune Magazine, July 12, 2018

Cigarette Butt Pollution Project


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