“Let me pick up that cigarette butt for you…”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 6, 2012
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“…before my dog or cat eats it.”

Let’s learn to Field Strip.

My dog is always looking for crumbs and scraps everywhere he goes. I’ve seen him pick up cigarette butts in his mouth a few times, freaked out, and tried to make sure he dropped ’em. I don’t think he likes them. But I bet he eats a few a week, just ’cause he’s a dog, and the dirty ground is his entertainment.

Via an awesome Redditor:

“Cigarette filters are made from cellulose acetate, a plastic that can break into smaller pieces, but will never biodegrade or disappear. Even the biodegradable types take 10-15 years to do so, and can leach out chemicals that were originally in your cigarette into the ground.

Animals frequently eat cigarette butts mistaking it for food. There is literally a plethora of information on cigarette butts and the negative impact it has on animals and the environment. While it may not be popular to be responsible, you can certainly set a trend by doing so.

My advice to people who have problems confronting people about throwing them away is to educate them, not berate them. Let them know about the effects of a discarded cigarette butt, how it leaches heavy metals and other toxins into water and into the animals that eat them eventually killing them. Ignorance can only be extinguished by education.





About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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  3. Zeke says:

    I am a smoker, and I am also a responsible adult, I feel, since I advocate and lead by example by knocking the cherry off where safe to do so (sand or other non-flammable surface) and pocketing the butt-end for later disposal in a trash-can…even in my car, i do the same, and i keep a cig disposal container in there. I also tell smokers about this practice and the harmful results of tossing the butts on the ground / water / forest / highways.

  4. AndrewPaciocco says:

    I wish more places had this law. As a dirty nasty smoker I take care in not throwing mine on the ground. In fact you can recycle them. They will take butts, cellophane, and internal foil….of course the box is already just paper recycling ready.