1. Cigarette butts are NOT biodegradable...
2. ...and it's estimated the world litters 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts per year.
3. Cigarette butts endanger wildlife.
4. And they're the number-one polluter of beaches.
5. Cleaning up cigarette litter costs taxpayers millions.
6. Discarded cigarettes start fires. Lots of fires.
7. Cigarette production creates millions of tons of waste each year.
8. Cigarette smoking produces carbon emissions equal to that of roughly 4 million cars annually.
9. Every year, 200,000 hectares of land — which could include as many as six hundred million trees — are cleared to support tobacco production.
10. And this contributes to deforestation, a major global environmental problem.
11. The growth of tobacco is contributing to world hunger.
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*Proctor, RN. (2011) Golden holocaust: Origins of the cigarette catastrophe and the case for abolition,
Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, page 492
†Madeley, John. (1999) Big Business Poor Peoples; The Impact of Transnational Corporations on the World's Poor, Zed Books, pages 53, 57