A study by co-authored Simon Fraser found that one to two-thirds of butts from cigarettes are littered, buried in landfills or washed down storm drains. They can also end up in the stomachs of fish, sea turtles and small children.
Researchers say more than five trillion waste butts accumulate in the global environment each year, resulting in degradation, costly cleanup and emergency response. Fraser believes that tobacco manufacturers should be held responsible. Butts are not biodegradable and the remains in the environment from 10 to 25 years.
Where are some of the places you see a build up of cigarette butts? What can be done to get the butts off the streets?
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