Did you know 1.18 MILLION
cigarettes and filters were removed from American beaches in 2010? And
that doesn’t even include the thousands of cigarette lighters, cigar
tips, and tobacco packages or wrappers. Cigarette butts are the most
frequently littered item – over one out of every three pieces of litter
collected from streets is a cigarette butt, according to Keep American
Not only are these discarded butts
an eye sore to our beautiful Maryland communities, but they are also a
danger to our environment. Cigarette filters can take more than nine
months to biodegrade, and dangerous chemicals from these filters can
seep into soil and water, causing toxic conditions in our ecosystems and
endangering animal and marine life.
There are many reasons why smoking
tobacco is dangerous. Smoking causes major health problems such as
cancers and heart disease. Secondhand smoke from lit tobacco products
also contains cancer-causing chemicals and puts those around the smoker
at risk. The toxic effects of tobacco products on the environment and
ecosystems only add to the list of good reasons to quit smoking.
Maryland has a FREE telephone-based counseling service – 1-800-QUIT-NOW
(1-800-7884-8669) – available to residents ages 13 and older who are
ready to quit using tobacco.
This Earth Day, be good to yourself, those around you, and your environment. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit www.smokingstopshere.com for more information and to start your tobacco-free life today!