It is estimated that several trillion (yes, trillion!!) cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year. That’s billions of cigarettes flicked, one at a time, on our sidewalks, beaches, nature trails, gardens, and other public places every single day. In fact, cigarettes are the most littered item in America and the world. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate tow, not cotton as generally assumed, and they can take decades to degrade; making them almost non bio-degradable. Not only does cigarette litter ruin even the most picturesque setting, but the toxic residue in cigarette filters is damaging to the environment, and littered butts cause numerous fires every year, some of them fatal. The cigarette butts discarded on the ground, in gutters, rivers and streams can live on for years after the smokers who tossed them passes away; littering the earth for not just our generation but the next as well.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “Each year more than 1 billion pieces of litter will accumulate on Texas highways. Of those, 13 percent are cigarette butts. That means 130 million butts will be tossed out in Texas alone this year.” Sobering facts, right?
The good news though is that with electronic cigarettes there is no litter! Just make sure that you recycle (when possible) or throw your empty eliquid packaging and other component packaging away, and you never again have to worry about where you’ll throw your butts or what becomes of them. E-cigarettes produce very little waste, and it’s all waste that can be easily discarded of properly; you don’t have to worry about litter when you finish vaping – you just tuck your electronic cigarette away in your pocket or e-cigarette case and you’re on your way!
Many smokers think that it’s no big deal to toss a butt or two on the ground now and then. Sure, if there were only a few smokers worldwide, one or two here or there wouldn’t be a big deal. But every time you throw one cigarette butt on the ground, millions of other people are doing the exact same thing, and those numbers add to – quickly! – to tons and tons of litter resulting directly from inconsiderate smokers. Simply put, when you throw even one cigarette, you are part of the problem. Vaping electronic cigarettes means you are part of the solution; helping to keep the earth clean for you, your family and friends for years to come.