Over the weekend, a small group of volunteers with Trash Hero Putrajaya held one of their clean-up sessions at the food court area in Presint 9.

The group of 16 volunteers picked up a total of 2,284 pieces of litter, weighing a total of 17kg.

Cigarette butts alone took up a whopping 2,070 pieces of litter. That means cigarette butts accounted for 90% of the total litter that was collected.

(And plastic straws came in second!)

Volunteers couldn’t keep quiet about their discomfort regarding the amount of littered cigarette butts.

Mostly, people hoped that irresponsible smokers can change their ways and do better.

As a heavy smoker I would recommend all smokers to buy portable ashtrays from Daiso. Even if you haven’t finished smoking you can keep it in your pocket first. Then throw the butts away properly when you find a trashcan. Be a responsible smoker.

Some cautioned the volunteers to wear gloves due to the toxicity of the cigarette butts.

It’s well-known that cigarette butts are one of the worst polluters of the environment due to its toxicity.

Over 4000 chemicals are introduced to the environment, most of them toxic. The toxins are leeched into the soil and water sources, hurting the growth of all organisms, from plants to fishes.

Just 1 cigarette butt can poison one liter of water and kill a fish!

So how to minimize the cigarette butt pollution?

ONLY throw cigarette butts in the rubbish bin.

They do not belong anywhere else, not on the ground, on in the longkang, and definitely not flicked out of your car.

You can get portable ashtrays to save your butts until you can dispose of it effectively.

This doesn’t mean that they will be magically wiped clean from the earth: cigarette butts will still sit around in landfills and may be carried off by wind, rain or animals.

Get involved with keeping our beautiful country clean! You can learn more at the Trash Hero Malaysia Facebook page here.

(10 Serious Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Environment and Human Health)
(Toxicity of cigarette butts, and their chemical components, to marine and freshwater fish)
(Cigarette butts have adverse effects on initial growth of perennial ryegrass (gramineae: Lolium perenne L.) and white clover (leguminosae: Trifolium repens L.))

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