Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

Cigarette Litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28%, yet cigarette butts remain the most littered item - in the U.S. and across the globe.¹ Dropping cigarette butts to the ground, putting them in planters, and disposing of them in waterways is littering. Why do smokers litter? Mostly it's lack of awareness about the environmental impact and insufficient ash receptacles. New ordinances are also moving more smokers outdoors or to designated areas. Learn more about the impact of smokers.

Here's why cigarette butt litter matters: it's unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to waterways and wildlife. Get the facts.


  • ¹"America Reaches Major Anti-Smoking Milestone," The American Legacy Foundation, November 19, 2008.

Litter Facts

Learn more about cigarette litter and what you can do to help keep our community looking cleaner and our communities safer.