Cigarette butts on beach Larina Marina

Cigarettes are a key contributor to the plastic pollution problem. Single-use plastic cigarette filters are consistently in the top 5 items found on UK beaches during our Great British Beach Clean.

We want single-use plastic cigarette filters and single-use vapes banned plus a review of other single-use filters as soon as possible. These filters can take around 14 years to degrade while releasing a cocktail of chemicals, as well as microplastics, into the environment.

We’re working with ASH Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful and ASH Wales to highlight both the negative health implications of single-use plastic filters as well as the environmental impact. We’re asking the governments of Wales and Scotland to support our call for a ban.

cigarette butt pick up at Great British Beach Clean at Hove Beach Brighton Billy Barraclough

Credit: Billy Barraclough

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