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The Considerate Smoker

The Considerate Smoker

Bellinger River 14 Sept
Bellinger River 14 Sept

I was on Lavender Bridge taking a photograph when I noticed a guy stop in front of me.

Bellinger River 14 Sept, Lavender Bridge
Bellinger River 14 Sept, Lavender Bridge

I thought he was doing up his shoe laces, but he wasn’t.

Considerate Smoker, Lavender Bridge, Bellingen
Considerate Smoker, Lavender Bridge, Bellingen

As I passed him I remarked that I had never seen that before, he let me take a photograph and smiled saying, “I’m a considerate smoker.” According to ButtsOut, the world discards nearly four and a half trillion cigarette butts annually.

Since the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990, cigarette butts have consistently been one of the most common items found by Clean Up volunteers.

The filters are made from cellulose acetate and contain toxic residues of soluble chemicals such as, cadmium, lead and arsenic. They end up in in the intestines of fish, birds and other marine animals. Within an hour of getting wet cigarette butts can begin leaching chemicals into the environment, adding to existing environmental pollution.

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