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Antoinette Taus laments cigarette litter in BGC: ‘Parking lot not an ashtray’

/ 07:00 PM March 27, 2019

Antoinette Taus is shedding light on one of the most littered items in the world: cigarette butts.

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Antoinette Taus. Image: INQUIRER.net/Tristan Tamayo

The actress shared a video of an empty lot in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig today, March 27, revealing what could be thousands of cigarette butts littering the ground.

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The parking lot is not an ashtray. The ground is not an 🚬 ashtray. This empty lot along 32nd street at “The Fort” in BGC sadly represents the countless locations around Metro Manila where #CigaretteButts cover the Earth with their toxic “snow”. All this, even with a 🚭 smoking ban. As we talk about the horrific effects of #PlasticPollution, people don’t realize that, when it comes to numbers, cigarette butts are actually the most found item during ocean and community 🌊 clean-ups. It is time we paid more attention to the hazardous effects ☠️☠️☠️ of #cigarette waste on #PublicHealth and the #environment. _________________ “Cigarette waste carries a number of horrors from different perspectives, including: 🚭 toxicity 🚭 accidental consumption by children and animals 🚭 long term and societal human health effects TOXIC WASTE ☠️ #Poisons leach from the 4 trillion cigarette filters that we chuck each year, harming health and environment alike. We have found that one cigarette butt soaked in a litre of water for 96 hours leaches out enough toxins to kill half of the fresh or salt water fish exposed to them. 750,000 TONNES 🌏 Cigarette butts are also the most common item collected during coastal clean-ups and urban litter surveys. By one estimate, around two-thirds of the 6 trillion cigarettes smoked worldwide every year end up being dropped, flicked or dumped into the environment – around 750,000 tonnes in total. CARCINOGEN ☠️ Used cigarette butts are not just pieces of non-biodegradable #plastic. They also contain the #carcinogens, #nicotine and #toxins found in all #tobacco products.” (Source: newscientist.com) _________________ 😷 FACT: Tobacco was and remains the single deadliest behavioral risk factor for cancer, heart attack, stroke and other noncommunicable diseases in the #Philippines. The Philippines' legislators face a unique opportunity to save lives and protect the #health of millions of Filipinos 🇵🇭 as they consider the proposal to increase #TobaccoTax. Read @WHOPhilippines Representative Dr. Gundo Weiler's latest commentary published on INQUIRER.net. LINK: http://bit.ly/2tq5NEa _________________

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Taus, an environmental advocate, said, “The parking lot is not an ashtray. The ground is not an ashtray.”

She stressed that the Taguig lot is only one of “countless locations” in Metro Manila with a similar littering problem. “All this, even with a smoking ban,” she noted.

As we talk about the horrific effects of #PlasticPollution, people don’t realize that, when it comes to numbers, cigarette butts are actually the most found item during ocean and community clean-ups,” she pointed out.

As per Ocean Conservancy’s 2018 report on its international cleanup drives, cigarette butts were the most collected item, outnumbering straws and other plastic items.

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Besides the volume of cigarette butts that need to be cleaned, Taus listed some of cigarette waste’s harmful effects, such as the poisons and carcinogen which affect health and pollute oceans.

She said one way legislators can help is through increasing tobacco tax, which the World Health Organization supports in the Philippines. JB

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