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#NoMasButts is spreading education on the environmental impact of cigarettes
We know that cigarettes are toxic for both people who smoke and those around them. But have you thought about just how toxic and dangerous cigarettes are to the environment?
In San Francisco, tobacco waste accounts for 25 percent of all litter, and cigarette butt waste clean-up costs San Francisco approximately $7.4 million annually. They leach toxic chemicals into the ground, rivers and ocean including arsenic, formaldehyde, and nicotine.
Artist Cristobal Valecillos crafted an incredible piece of art featuring a life size fallen tree and stump crafted from more than 50,000 cigarette butts. For images of the astounding art installation and to learn more the issue visit, www.nomasbutts.org.
The Sad Truths:
- Cigarette butts are non biodegradable and toxic
- Billions of trees are cut down for making cigarettes
- More are cut down to make cigarette packages
- Approximately one tree is burned for tobacco curing per every 300 cigarettes made in developing countries, further contributing to deforestation
- Cigarette butts are the number one item picked up on California roadways
Learn more at #NoMasButts Know the Facts.
You can make a difference! There are some very simple ways you can get involved:
- Share this post
- Upload the #nomasbutts image to your Facebook profile
- Share an image on instagram
- Educate your friends and family
- Join a coastal or park clean up
- Clean up any time you’re out in nature (keep a garbage bag and gloves handy whenever you go out)
For images and other ways to get involved go to #NoMasButts Get Involved
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