Butt Really: Celebrities Team Up to Stop Cigarette Butt Litter

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Celebrities including Tony Hawk, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, and Andy Dick have teamed up to raise awareness about the enormous amount of litter created when people toss their cigarette butts away. To spread their message, the celebs, along with Legacy, the national public health foundation, created a video called “Butt Really” that you can watch below.

The facts around cigarette litter are astounding: according to Legacy, the organization known for its anti-smoking truth campaign, more than 360 billion cigarettes are smoked in the United States, with many of those butts eventually ending up being washed away into waterways and public places.

Butt Really Anti-Litter Video

Check out the video called “Butt Really” below to see what the team of celebrities put together to stop littering:

The truth behind cigarette butt litter

First and foremost, cigarette butts are non-biodegradable, and made from something called cellulose acetate. Because there are so many people who throw their butts on the ground rather than dispose of them properly, there is over 766,000 metric tons of cigarette butt litter produced every year. Although the tobacco industry investigated biodegradable butts and and anti-litter campaigns, they were all scrapped due to negative marketing responses.


Put an end to cigarette butt litter

If you’re a smoker that casually tosses your butts when you’re done with them, it’s time to make a change and cut back on your litter. If you smoke a lot at your own house or apartment, be sure to throw your butts away in a proper ashtray and garbage can, so they don’t end up as litter in your yard, or on the street. If you smoke a lot while driving, keep an ashtray in your car, rather than tossing finished cigs out the window. That will cut down on roadway litter that we have all become so accustomed to seeing.

Although cigarettes seem like they’re organic, the butts aren’t – and smokers should remember that when they’re tossing them!

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