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Kansas Project Shows Extent Of Cigarette Litter

Associated Press - March 20, 2014 7:48 am

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Smoking is banned in the Kansas Statehouse, but a cleanup project by volunteers shows plenty of people are lighting up outside and littering the grounds with cigarette butts.

A group of volunteers that included high school students collected 650 discarded cigarettes outside the Statehouse in just 15 minutes Wednesday.

The cleanup in Topeka and other Kansas communities was part of a national campaign to illustrate the problem of non-biodegradable cigarette filters left outside buildings, in parks and elsewhere.

In Hutchinson, volunteers picked up more than 2,600 discarded cigarette butts in one hour Tuesday on the grounds of Hutchinson Community College.

Organizers say cigarette butts are dangerous to animals that ingest them, because tobacco is poisonous for some animals and because of the synthetic materials in filters.

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Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal

Thomas Heiter

March 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

It is littering. Every time a smoker drops a cigarette butt it is littering. Cigarette butts are NOT bio-degradable, they are trash. Not to mention the fire danger involved in those irresposible smokers who callously toss a burning cigarette out the window into a 70+ mph wind and a dry fuel environment. I personally would like to see this enforced and prosecuted on a regular basis.

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