Littering is something that we have become far too familiar with. From the fast food bag tossed out of a car window to cigarette butts flicked down on the sidewalk, litter is a huge problem in The Natural State.
First and foremost, littering is illegal in Arkansas – all littering, including that cigarette butt. The fine for the first littering offense can be between $100 and $1,000. Cigarette filters are also not biodegradable; they are plastic. And, those butts are toxic, full of the chemicals they filtered from your cigarette, such as arsenic and formaldehyde.
Cigarette butts are the No. 1-littered item in Arkansas and around the world: more than 4 trillion cigarette butts are littered each year. There is only one source of cigarette litter, and 75 percent of smokers admit to flicking their butts to the ground.
It takes all of us to keep Arkansas litter-free. Plenty of places in Arkansas are no longer welcoming to smokers, so where smokers do congregate, let’s provide places for them to dispose of their cigarette butts. Whether it’s an ashtray on the picnic table in the smoking area, an ash receptacle at your business’s door or a coffee can filled with sand, those butts can be disposed of properly.
We are all proud Arkansans who love the state where we live, work and play. Let’s work together to keep The Natural State free of cigarette litter (and all types of litter).