Hold On To Your Butt

“Cigarette butts are the last socially acceptable form of litter.”

Have you ever wondered why people who wouldn’t throw a candy wrapper or coffee cup on the ground have no problem with tossing a cigarette butt on the sidewalk, grass, or beach? So have we! Surfrider is working hard to reduce the number of cigarette butts tossed onto our streets daily. 

How can you get involved?

1) Come out to our next BEACH CLEANUP!


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Consider the following:

  • Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, with 4.95-trillion tossed on the ground or in the water every year.

  • The filters in cigarette butts are made of cellulose acetate, a non-biodegradable plastic, which can take up to 25 years to decompose.

  • Cigarette butts contain up to 60 known carcinogens, and they leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic within an hour of contact with the water.

  • Cigarette butts have been ingested by sea turtles, birds, dolphins and other marine life, and in addition to the toxic chemicals they contain, these butts can also cause digestive blockages that lead to death.

  • Cigarette butts are the most prevalent type of debris collected in beach clean-ups around the world, and they are consistently the number one form of litter (by count) found on our local beaches.

Data from our research at recent beach cleanups:

Cigarette butts collected within research area of 10 x 100 meters