Australians discard an amazing number of cigarette butts daily.
It always amazes me that we'll routinely recycle and dispose of our domestic rubbish as carefully as possible and at the same time smoke a ciggie and just drop the butt. However the butt might be out of mind but its certainly not out of sight and goes on to live a long and destructive life.
These images show just some of the variety of places that we see cigarette butts in our environment - parks, outside office buildings and pubs, next to rubbish bins, in alley ways, and so on. They are so prevalent that we've stopped seeing them despite long-term litter campaigns.
The research is not definitive but does indicate that Cigarette butts can take anything from 2 to 1000 years to disintegrate and can be harmful to our marine life.
If you're a smoker please think about looking after your butt and when you don't need it anymore put it in a rubbish bin :-)
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