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Active Ingredients in
Cigarette Butts
Ammonia: Household cleaner.
Arsenic: Used in rat poisons.
Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber.
Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid.
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas.
Cadmium: Used in batteries.
Cyanide: Lethal poison.
DDT: A banned insecticide.
Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals.
Lead: Poisonous in high doses.
Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead specimens.
Methoprene: Insecticide.
Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics.
Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs.
Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India, in 1984.
Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element.
Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world, as approximately 5.6 trillion cigarettes are smoked every year worldwide.1 Cigarette waste constitutes an estimated 30% of the total litter (by count) on US shorelines, waterways and on land (LitterFreePlanet, 2009). In fact, cigarette butts are the most common debris item collected along waterways during the Ocean Conservancy's yearly International Coastal Cleanup. In all, 2?189?252 cigarettes were collected during the 2009 cleanup. (Ocean Conservancy, 2010) Conservatively, this quantity of cigarettes weighs approximately 821 lb and displaces a volume of 1095 litres.2 Owing to the ubiquitous nature and magnitude of cigarette butts discharged into the environment, studies are needed to determine whether cigarette butt waste can exert ecotoxic effects when in aquatic environments.
Toxicity of Cigarette Butts
Smoking Caused Fires
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TheButtCollector is essentially an air-tight, portable ash tray designed to be carried and used as a place to extinguish and dispose of cigarette or cigar butts.

To use, screw off the top and extinguish the cigarette or cigar using the steel screen, push the butt through the screen into the cavity. When done, screw the cap back on. To empty, both ends can be removed and contents shaken into the trash.

It is our hope that the device prevents fires while helping protect the environment.