3 billion is a big number, especially when it comes to litter.
Unfortunately, that’s the approximate number of cigarette butts that are littered here in the Bay Area each year. Many of these butts flow into storm drains, which connect to our creeks, and flow into the Bay. Once there, they leach toxins into the water and threaten wildlife. Not to mention the fact that cigarette filters are plastic and do not biodegrade.
We’re not the only ones who are concerned – over 5,000 of our supporters recently signed a petition calling upon the tobacco industry to take responsibility for the serious pollution problem that their product is causing. But we’re not waiting for big tobacco to make a move. We’re asking Bay Area cities to be a part of the solution by passing and enforcing bans on outdoor smoking. By prohibiting smoking in open space, parks, on city streets, and at public events, cities can help to prevent cigarette butts from flowing into our waterways while protecting people from second hand smoke. But adopting the ban is the first step; educating the community and enforcing outdoor smoking bans is also critical to their success.
Your city can help protect our Bay from cigarette butt litter, so encourage them to take action. Sign our petition today, and share it with your friends!