If there is one thing that really chaps my you know what, it is someone who is so inconsiderate as to throw their still lit, stinking, nasty, gross cigarette butt on the ground. I mean, really? It must suck to be so lazy that you can’t use an ashtray or find a proper receptacle to dispose of your disgusting garbage. Here are some facts from the Department of Public Health:
‘Globally, approximately 4.3 trillion cigarette butts are littered every year. Smokers in the USA account for over 250 billion cigarette butts, in the UK 200 tons of butts are discarded, and Australian smokers litter over 7 billion cigarette butts annually. In most Western countries cigarette butt litter accounts for around 50% of all litter.
Every littered cigarette butt can take anywhere from two to twenty-five years to biodegrade.
Dropped cigarette butts have been the cause of house and apartment fires, as well as some of the largest and most destructive forest fires. Fires caused by cigarette butts claim the lives of about 1,000 people and injure about 3,000 people each year.’
Plain and simple, people who toss their butts are littering and causing huge issues with the environment. Drivers in Montana can also be ticketed and fined mightily for tossing a lit butt out of their window.
Don’t be THAT person. The inconsiderate, lazy, littering butt tosser.