The impact of cigarette butts on marine life

Cigarette Butts

Cigarette Butts
When it rains, cigarette butts lying in our streets and gutters
are carried via stormwater directly into our harbours, beaches and rivers.
The chemicals contained in these butts and the butts themselves impact on our water quality and can be deadly to marine life.
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Many people don’t realise that when it rains, water flowing through our streets, down rivers.
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While most people are aware of the health risks involved in smoking, few seem to realise that cigarettes are also bad for the environment. Cigarette butts may seem small, but
with an estimated 4.5 trillion butts (worldwide) littered every year, the toxic chemicals add up.
Stormwater is not treated so all litter and cigarette butts carried by storm
water are dumped directly into the sea waterways.
In fact 95% of the litter on beaches comes from suburban streets through the stormwater
system. This  litter reduces water quality and potentially harms our precious
marine life.
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Cigarette butts can take up to 12months to break down in freshwater and up
to 5 years to breakdown in seawater. Birds and aquatic animals can mistake the butts as food, resulting in serious digestive problems that may lead to death.
Butts have been found in the stomachs of young birds, sea turtles and other marine creatures. Another serious concern is that toxic chemicals such as lead and cadmium, which are trapped in the cigarette filter, can leach out in water. Within just one hour of contact with water, the chemicals begin to leach into the aquatic environment and
threaten the well being of marine life.

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Cigarette Butts

Cigarette Butts

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