In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28%, yet cigarette butts remain the most littered item–in the U.S. and across the globe. Dropping cigarette butts to the ground, putting them in planters, and disposing of them in waterways is littering.

Why do smokers litter? Mostly, it’s lack of awareness about the environmental impact and insufficient ash receptacles. New ordinances are also moving more smokers outdoors or to designated areas.

Cigarette butts are unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to waterways and wildlife. Get the facts.

In 2008, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. received a federal grant from Keep America Beautiful Inc. to help raise awareness that cigarette butts are litter too. As part of the grant, ADP collected statistics on the number of cigarette butts collected from downtown sidewalks and gutters in a one block demonstration zone. In addition, ADP worked with bar owners along the demonstration zone to distribute handheld ashtrays for smokers and posted materials from Keep America Beautiful that advertised litter problem created by discarded butts.

Watch this Channel 11 news broadcast about the grant program: