You’re out enjoying the serenity of the BWCAW. Or walking along the shore of our big lake. Maybe you’re hiking along a section of the Superior Hiking Trail. Wherever your little piece of heaven happens to be, you know how disheartening it is to see cigarette butts littering the wilderness.
While your aesthetics might be offended, it’s important to know that the toll on the environment is even more harsh. Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals and carcinogens. They’re poisonous to wildlife and can contaminate water sources. Toxic tobacco trash includes a plastic filter which biodegrades only under extreme conditions.
Now there’s a web site devoted to ending this toxic pollution: American Legacy Foundation has started the rethink butts campaign. Check out their web site if you want to learn more. And remember: “Pack it in, pack it out” includes cigarette butts.