Keep Cigarette Butts Out of Coastal Waters


Target: Phillip Morris International CEO, Louis C. Camilleri

Goal: Address the toxic properties of cigarette butts and keep them out of the San Francisco Bay waters

Cigarettes have always been a huge health concern for the public. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it takes over 4,000 compounds to make a cigarette and even has strong links to heart disease, lung cancer and other illnesses. It is the cause of millions of deaths worldwide every year. Although America has paid a lot of attention to the dangers of smoking cigarettes, less people have discussed the health risks from the cigarette butts themselves. Not only are they toxic, the plastic material that is used to make them litters the streets and it flows into the bay area waters.This poses a serious threat to the people of the city.

The cigarette butts are polluting the bay water and threatening the wildlife that depends on the bay to live. Financially speaking, the cigarette butts are costing the city a fortune. In 2009, San Francisco reported that it spent close to 6 billion per year to clean up the cigarette butts from the streets and drains. This is a huge waste of the city’s resources. The leading tobacco industries need to take this problem seriously and put a stop to it. Sign this petition to tell the leading tobacco companies that they need to help the city put a stop to this.


Dear  Louis C. Camilleri, Phillip Morris International CEO

Cigarette butts are littering the San Francisco Bay area and it is affecting the environment and the wildlife that depends on a clean space for them to survive. The problem is that these things are tossed and flicked all over sidewalks, beaches, streets, etc. They degrade very slowly which is where it becomes hazardous for the people and animal that are living in the bay. Studies have even shown that cigarette butts takes years to degrade and leave toxic residues behind. Some cigarette butts are even causing fires in some areas, which puts everybody nearby at risk.

As the CEO of one of the biggest cigarette companies in the world, we ask that you make this problem aware with notices, advertisements, and any other outlets that are available to you. If your customers understood that harm of throwing cigarette butts all over the bay area, then they may start being more careful about where they throw them.


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