Tobacco Threatens California’s Environment

Tobacco Threatens California’s Environment

California’s air, water, and wildlife habitat are being threatened by the tobacco industry and its products. From toxic waste to secondhand smoke and aerosols, California faces a tobacco-fueled environmental crisis.

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Local communities are working to fight tobacco waste and protect the environment. Let us know you’re interested, and we will share your information ONLY with your local community’s tobacco control prevention program. They will notify you about opportunities for getting involved; it’s up to you how much you want to engage!

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What’s at Risk?

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Beaches & Waterways

On one day (in 2017), nearly 200,000 cigarette butts were removed from California beaches and inland waterways.1

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Forest, Wildlife & Communities

Smoldering cigarette butts have been linked to costly, destructive structural fires and wildfires which threaten both wildlife and communities.2

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Aquatic Ecosystems

Toxic chemicals in tobacco waste threaten our precious aquatic ecosystems and are toxic to freshwater and saltwater organisms.3

Tobacco products threaten our environment. Act Now!

  1. Ocean Conservatory. Building a Clean Swell. 2018 Report. []
  2. Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation Wildfires, Air Quality, and Cigarette Butts: Smokefree Laws Save Money and Lives. June 18th, 2018. []
  3. Novotny TE, Slaughter E. Tobacco Product Waste: An Environmental Approach to Reduce Tobacco Consumption. Curr Envir Health Rep 2014;1(3):208–216. DOI 10.1007/s40572-014-0016-x []