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March 3, 2013

Volcanoecigs Sponsors Cigarette Butt Beach Cleanup Effort

Cigarette butt litter on beaches (and elsewhere) is quite unsightly. But worse than that, it's also extremely hazardous to animals and to the environment.

CigaretteLitter.org has published research showing the harm cigarette butts cause to aquatic life due to the various tobacco-related chemicals that leach into the environment.


But in addition to their dangerous chemicals leaching into the environment (including our groundwater, our streams and our oceans), cigarette butts also take years to decompose. They are NOT biodegradable, though many people still erroneously believe them to be. The fact is, cigarette butts are composed of cellulose acetate (a form of plastic), and so, they do not break down easily. They remain in the environment just as long as other forms of plastic do.

But that's not the worst part. The more tragic fact is that cigarette butts (and all the chemicals in them) commonly end up in the stomachs of many animals, including birds, fish, our pets (especially dogs) and other animals who mistake them for food. Ingesting cigarette butts can make them sick, or even kill them. :(

With all the current scientific data out there, it's clear that cigarette butts are dangerous to our delicate environment. And so, smart people are taking action. For example...

Volcanoecigs Sponsors Cigarette Butt Beach Cleanup Effort

Leading e-cigarette brand Volcanoecigs, maker of the widely popular Lavatube Version 2, is sponsoring a beach cleanup effort on March 30th at Kakakko Waterfront Beach Park in Hawaii, and over 100 people are expected to show up to help. The Oahu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be overseeing the cleanup effort.

Regarding the planned beach cleanup effort, Cory Smith, owner and CEO of Volcanoecigs had this to say:

"We are pleased to bring awareness to this issue on the beaches not only of Hawaii but worldwide. Our electronic cigarettes can end this issue easily because our ecigs do not have a butt to discard which pollutes our environment. We applaud the Surfrider organization and happily donate to their cause of protecting our coastal areas."

In related news, Sustainable Coastlines recently finished a cigarette butt cleanup project at Kuhio Beach Park (also in Hawaii) where just 11 volunteers collected 1,748 cigarette butts in a single hour. Awesome!

With an expected turnout of over 100 people for the Volcanoecigs cleanup project, I can't wait to see how many littered cigarette butts they collect and remove from the environment!

What Can You Do To Help?

If you want to help to reduce the amount of cigarette butts in the environment, one of the quickest, easiest things you can do is switch to vaping e-cigarettes instead smoking. With e-cigarettes, there are no cigarette butts at all to worry about. You won't have to worry about throwing them away, or about them polluting the environment. Bottom line, e-cigarettes are greener and cheaper. :)

You can also take action by throwing away any cigarette butts you find on the ground. I do this all the time, myself. Cigarette butts are left littered everywhere, and honestly, I can't remember a single day in which I didn't find and throw away at least a couple of them.

Wanna be even more proactive? You can easily organize a local cleanup effort in your area, just as Volcanoecigs is doing. Setting up a local cleanup effort is a great community exercise, and one that will yield real, instant benefits. In just a couple of hours, a small handful of volunteers can really make a BIG difference! And just imagine how rewarding it'll be knowing that you're beautifying the environment and saving the lives of countless precious animals all at the same time.

The fact is, you can really make a difference! :)

Happy vaping!

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