We all know that smoking is bad for us, there’s no doubt about that. However, the one thing we do overlook is the effect cigarette waste has on the environment.
Cigarette butts are made of a stubborn little material known as cellulose acetate, which can take several decades to degrade. This means that they’re around for years, ruining our picturesque valleys, and none of us want that! Cigarette butts cause a lot of fires, as they may relight after failed attempts of being extinguished. And of course, animals will eat anything! If a cigarette can do all that damage to a human, can you imagine what it could do to a squirrel?
We always think of how bad cigarettes are for us, be it directly or through secondhand smoke. In reality, the effect spreads a lot further than we realise. People’s ignorance towards smoke-related waste has pushed the RCT to begin a Smoking Waste Campaign, aimed to reduce the amount of butts which are inappropriately disposed of.
There is a fine of £75 to face if caught dropping your butts, so heed our warning!