The Butt of the Problem: Calls for Change in Battling Cigarette Litter

Tobacco companies and experts differ on how to reduce environmental impact

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By Patrick Smith

Cigarette butts are not normally given top billing in discussions about tobacco-related problems. But they should be, according to environmental experts.

The USDA estimates that about 360 billion cigarettes are consumed in the U.S. each year. Close to two-thirds of those butts — 234 billion — are tossed as litter, according to a study by the environmental group Keep America Beautiful. Read more