Smokers, Treat Your Cigarette Butts as Toxic Waste (Video)
Smoking is not only bad for your health, but cigarette butts are equally as dangerous for the environment. That's the message from San Diego State University researcher Richard Gersberg, who has just completed a study examining the effects of discarded cigarette butts on marine life and water quality. Gersberg found that just one cigarette butt can contaminate one liter of water so severely that fish die in it:As a result of these findings, the Cigarette Butt Advisory Group is making the recommendation that cigarette butts should be considered toxic waste and new requirements for their disposal established.
According to research done by Tom Novotny, chair of CGAB, about 845,000 tons of cigarette butts wind up as litter every year globally.