Cigarette butts are typically made from cellulose acetate, a synthetic fiber type of plastic, which takes years to break down. In addition to being an eyesore, there is a push to classify cigarette butts as toxic waste because what’s left behind in the filter can leach out if submerged in water and impact marine life.
Wrightsville Beach is the first smoke-free beach in North Carolina. The Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter worked hard on this campaign for two years and their volunteer activists were able to show community support throughout the process.
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