Raising Awareness and Providing Solutions to Cigarette LitterĀ 

The No Butts About It Campaign

This campaign was started in 1996 by three young siblings to raise awareness and provide solutions to cigarette litter. Smokers can easily - and happily - dispose of their butts in appropriate ash receptacles instead of tossing them out car windows or on the ground. The problem is that most smokers do not even think that their actions in tossing a butt to the ground is littering - it's just how they have always disposed of the cigarette. Once awareness is raised, most smokers are caring and considerate enough to change their conduct. Raising awareness is the biggest key to resolving this problem. So we created an awareness poster with important facts about cigarette litter. For instance:

  • It can take up to 25 years for one cigarette to biodegrade.
  • Cigarettes are littered on average 142 times per second.
  • Eighty percent of the 4,500,000,000 (!) littered annually worldwide find their way into water systems, causing a deterioration of overall quality.
  • The cigarettes littered in one year alone worldwide can go from the moon to the earth almost 300 times
  • Littered cigarettes are responsible for destructive fires that have caused vast amounts of property damage and wreaked havoc on many lives.
  • Property maintenance costs are greatly reduced by reducing cigarette litter
  • Cigarette litter has been the most littered item recovered every year during the International Coastal Cleanup by more than two to one

What started as a hand-drawn poster that was posted at local beaches in Boca Raton has grown to a campaign that is international in scope. Our posters hang in every state in the United States, as well as in many countries. Places that display the poster have reported reduced amounts of cigarette litter, which means reduced maintenance costs, increased water quality, less risk of fires, and better health for animal life and for the Earth. Some of the large cigarette companies are now including litter notices on their packages. Keep America Beautiful has directed efforts towards an initiative on this single issue. And many smokers are using disposable ashtrays or have changed their butt disposable habit – we are all making a difference!

Please help the trend continue by raising awareness in your area! Read through this site to find out how this campaign has blossomed, how you can help, and to download a poster to hang in your own area.

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Download the No Butts About It Awareness Poster: The Poster
Hang it everywhere, spread the word, help make the Earth Butt-Free!

Cool Powerpoint with lots of great information: Make the Earth Butt-Free
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