Cigarette butts (used filters) contain a deadly combination of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals such as cadmium
that are partially filtered out during smoking. Cigarette butts dropped on paved surfaces (sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, streets) float away with the rain, down the storm sewer to the nearest body of water, and their contents slowly leach into our drinking water. Fish and other aquatic life often mistake them for food, gulp! Just visit the sidewalks outside of busy coffee shops and bars to get an idea of how many are going to float away in the rain during the next downpour. So please butt out properly and put them in the garbage. Carry a pocket ashtray.
If you own or manage an establishment where people smoke outside, provide an ashtray and sweep up butts left on the sidewalk. (Read more...)