Ban Cigarette Smoking and Protect Beaches

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Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Clean up Florida’s beaches by banning cigarette smoking.

Discarded cigarette butts are polluting beaches and putting local wildlife in danger. They pose a choking hazard for animals and introduce a host of toxic chemicals into the water and air. Urge the governor to ban cigarette smoking on Florida’s beaches and protect our land and wildlife from further destruction.

With over 4.5 trillion cigarette butts discarded every year, cigarettes are the most prevalent form of litter in the world. They account for one in every five items collected during regular cleanups. Cigarettes contain over 165 chemicals. Some are released during the smoking process while others remain in the cigarette long after it has been extinguished. If a cigarette is introduced into the water, than the toxic chemicals can leak out and contaminate the water supply. This threatens the quality of the water and puts fish and other marine animals at risk. Cigarette filters may take up to twenty-five years to decompose. They have been found in the digestive tracts of fish, birds, whales, and other marine creatures and can result in serious illness or death.

Most cigarette butt litter arrives on the beach via tourists and local smokers. Banning smoking on the beach would greatly reduce the accumulation of litter and put an end to this environmental devastation. Sign below to demand an immediate ban on cigarette smoking on public beaches.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Scott,

Florida’s beaches are in trouble thanks to an accumulation of cigarette butts. They pose a hazard to local animals and pollute the environment. We urge you to protect the environment by banning smoking on public beaches.

Cigarettes contain over 165 chemicals. Many of these chemicals remain in the cigarette long after it has been stubbed out. Plastic filters can take up to twenty-five years to decompose and are often mistaken as food by local animals. Chemicals in the cigarette mix with the water and pollute the water supply. Fires caused by cigarette butts take the lives of about 1,000 people every year.

Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world. They account for one in every five items collected during regular cleanups. Banning smoking on the beach would greatly reduce cigarette butt litter and provide a safer and healthier environment for the human and animal inhabitants. We demand that you ban cigarette smoking on Florida’s beaches and take a stand for the health of our environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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