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2012 Kick Butt Event
There are common misconceptions when it comes to the toxicity of cigarette butts and storm water. Storm water collected from a rain event or any other material that enters the system never gets treated. This collection of water doesn’t end up at the sewage treatment facility. Instead, the water is channeled directly into the local waterways. Along with the water entering the local waterways, any other material like cigarettes are also dumped in the same place. The butt of the cigarette will leach out toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic. These chemicals, along with others that are leached from the cigarette butt, polluting the water to a high enough level that it kills aquatic life.
In 2010, the Ocean Conservancy found over 1 million cigarettes on beaches and inland waterways in America during their annual International Costal Cleanup. Here at California State University San Marcos, Dr. Devan Romero held a Kick Butts event on campus in 2012. For one hour, 41 volunteers collected over 5,000 cigarette butts on campus from potentially entering our local waterways. Click on the poster below to check out the details of the Kick Butt event.
Please join us in the effort to raise awareness to properly dispose of their cigarette butts to avoid contaminating the environment and harming marine life.