FACT: In 2013, 595,238 pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the air by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
SOURCE: The Right-To-Know Network. (2014). TRI 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229) (2013). Accessed 26 February, 2015.
FACT: When cigarette butts are littered in water, chemicals seep out of them that are toxic to aquatic life.
SOURCE: Micevska, T., Warne, M.S., Pablo, F., & Patra, R. (2006). Variation in, and causes of, toxicity of cigarette butts to Cladoceran and Microtox. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 50, 205-212.
SOURCE: Register, K.M. (2000). Cigarette Butts as Litter – Toxic as Well as Ugly. Underwater Naturalist, Bulletin of the American Littoral Society, 25(2).
SOURCE: Slaughter, E., Gersberg, R.M., Watanabe, K., Rudolph, J., Stransky, C., & Novotny, T.E. (2011). Toxicity of cigarette butts, and their chemical components, to marine and freshwater fish. Tobacco Control, 20(Suppl 1), i25-i29.