Cigarette Butt Litter

Some things you need to know about cigarette butt liter (from

  1. Cigarette butt litter is the world’s greatest environmental litter problem
  2. Globally approximately 5.2 trillion cigarettes are manufactured every year. In developed countries (or in markets where indoor smoking bans have been introduced) almost 1 in 3 cigarette butts end up as litter.
  3. In most Western countries, cigarette butt litter accounts for around 50% of all litter.
  4. Cigarette butt litter dramatically increases where indoor smoking bans are implemented.
  5. In Australia, NSW smokers throw away enough butts to fill 7 Olympic swimming pools. Up to 350,000 butts end up in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria and waterways every day.
  6. It can take up to 12 years for a cigarette butt to break down.
  7. Cigarette butts can leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic into our marine environment within an hour of contact with water.
  8. Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of fish, whales, birds and other marine animals which leads to ingestion of hazardous chemicals and digestive blockages.
  9. Smokers in many countries can be fined for flicking a lit cigarette.

Only smokers can stop cigarette butt litter. We need to educate them that butts are litter, and provide a positive alternative to littering.

Got over to Ecolad and check out what you can do to help.


  1. Anonymous

    i’m a smoker and you’re right, flicking butts into the environment makes a big nasty mess……..oh and a follow up piece on mr. lohr might not be such a bad idea

  2. Anthony


    Love the site. Especially the Buttflickers. I’d love to share a link with you. Let me know.


  3. adelen

    There is now a new quit smoking drug available in the market. This latest breakthrough is known as Chantix. It is able to help smokers snub out their addiction by working on the brain.

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