It is a fact that
- Globally, approximately 4.3 trillion cigarette butts are littered every year.
- Smokers in the USA account for over 250 billion cigarette butts, in the UK 200 tonnes of butts are discarded, and Australian smokers litter over 7 billion cigarette butts annually.
- In most Western countries cigarette butt litter accounts for around 50% of all litter.
- Almost 1 in 3 cigarette butts end up as litter.
- It can take up to 12 years for a cigarette butt to break down.
- Cigarette butts can leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic into our marine environment within an hour of contact with water.
- Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of fish, whales, birds and other marine animals which leads to ingestion of hazardous chemicals and digestive blockages.