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Let’s Kick Some Butt!

Do I have your attention?

I don’t want this blog to be about the dangers of cigarette smoking. Unless you live in a cave you know smoking cigarettes can kill you. Not to mention stain your teeth and cause your breath to smell like a dirty wet ashtray (I had to get that in, we are a dental office after all and we can help you with that).

A recent walk on the beach shocked me, there were cigarette butts everywhere. It looked like a giant litter box ashtray. The beautiful coast of North Carolina littered with butts. What are people thinking? I guess they are not! The problem is not just at our coast, cigarette butts discarded in parking lots, along sidewalks and in street gutters miles from the coast inevitably make their way through storm drains, creeks and rivers to the beach and the ocean. Birds and sea animals eat these toxic butts thinking they are food; even worse, so do babies and young children.

According to the Ocean Conservancy, cigarette butt litter accounts for one in every five items collected during cleanups, making it the most prevalent form of litter on earth. There are over 176,000,000 pounds of discarded cigarette butts in the United States each year. Contrary to modern belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable! Pick up your butt!

Not too many years ago cigarette smoking was allowed everywhere. Do you remember going out to eat at a restaurant and being asking, smoking or no smoking? Back then you could smoke anywhere. Things have really changed, due in large part to a very successful stop smoking campaign. In the past decade cigarette smoking has decreased 28%, but unfortunately, butt litter is the most littered item in the world.

Let’s start our own “Kick Some Butt “campaign. Help us by sharing this post with your friends and family, smoker or not, and ask them to pass it on. It has been said smokers who are lovingly made aware of the litter problem are most often very cooperative in disposing of their cigarette butts properly. When you consider butts are often littered within ten feet of a permanent ashtray they are not so inconvenienced. Together we can make a difference and Kick Some Butt!

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