Montana Tobacco-Free Outdoor Environments Project
Tobacco-free environments promote positive community role modeling and protect the health, safety, and welfare of community members.
Why? Secondhand smoke is deadly1 and levels in outdoor public places can reach levels as high as those found in indoor facilities where smoking is permitted.2
Also, tobacco waste litters our lands, and it's not biodegradable!
Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste in the world. It is estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year.3
Toddlers may ingest cigarette butts and contents of e-juice bottles that are discarded on the ground. In 2017, 1,224 e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine poisonings were reported.4