Fish, birds, and other wildlife can ingest cigarette butts. They can be lethal if they get lodged in an animal’s stomach or digestive tract. The partners for "BUTT-FREE Beach" want you to know that cigarette butts have been recovered from the stomachs of wildlife such as gulls and fish. These butts can contain up to 165 chemicals, 60 of which are carcinogens such as arsenic, formaldehyde, chromium and lead. Nicotine, a known insecticide, has been shown to have lethal effects on aquatic life.
Butt..what can I do?
Thanks for caring! Your beaches from Wasaga Beach to the world, need to be cigarette BUTT-FREE. Here are some ways you can help beaches:
- Learn more about why cigarette butts don’t belong on your beach!
- Tell your friends!
- Find out more about beach stewardship and conservation activities from the partners Environmental Defence (and the Blue Flag program) , Environment Network, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, and Georgian Bay Forever.
Brian Nabuurs. Making a difference!Brian has volunteered dozens of hours to reduce litter on Wasaga Beach. Thanks Brian for your inspiring volunteerism to help our communities and the environment! Join Brian in helping to make beaches BUTT-FREE! "This has been a very positive experience from the very beginning. My inspiration originally came from Karen Alexander at LHCC (Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation). I thought it truly needed to be in Wasaga. I felt that if we wanted more people to take part in the initiative, it needed to be on a grander stage. Wasaga Beach is the perfect spring board to bring national attention to the issue and develop a template for this initiative for each community to duplicate."