In just one day 230,000 cigarette butts were collected from California beaches during the 2000 Coastal Cleanup Day.
For more than 15 consecutive years, cigarette butts have ranked as the #1 littered item collected from our sandy shores during Californiaâ€™s Coastal Clean Up Day.
Ingestion of plastic cigarette filters is a serious threat to wildlife. A visible consequence is being witnessed higher up on the food chain by field biologists and wildlife rehabilitators who routinely find cigarette butts in the intestines, stomachs, and X-rays of dead or sick sea turtles, birds, fish, and dolphins.
Over 4,500,000,000 (4.5 trillion) cigarettes are littered worldwide each year. They are the most littered item in the world.