I'm quite the reasonable guy, but not when it comes to cigarette butts. Now I have even more reason to hate cigarette butts...they're toxic to fish.
A new study found that the chemicals in just one cigarette butt can kill fish living in one liter of water (about a quart). Yuck.
Cigarette butts are the number one litter item hauled off of beaches in Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. That's right, there are more cigarette butts than anything else. Why? Many smokers don't seem to think of their butts as litter, even though they're toxic and they don't decompose. They're small, they're common, it's trouble to deal with them, so they just don't count as litter.
Well, that needs to change. And the picture at the top right is part of a fun campaign to keep cigarette butts off the beach, let's hope it helps.