Tobacco’s Toxic Plastics

Tobacco’s Toxic Plastics

A new report recently launched by the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) shows the extreme environmental burden of tobacco and recommends that governments should take appropriate action to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the harms of their products.

Secondly, the report recommends that governments institute measures to mitigate tobacco product waste, potentially through taxes and litigation.

Thirdly, governments should work towards eliminating the sale of cigarette filters, among other environmental interventions, encouraging smokers to quit.

Finally, the tobacco industry should be obligated to submit information about their product toxicity.

Our ocean is drowning in plastic – and with 4.5 trillion plastic cigarette butts leaking into the environment every year, it’s a big part of the problem. If we are to truly reverse the current trend of increasing plastic pollution, we need urgent coordinated action to eliminate problematic plastic items. We need to deal with plastic before they become pollution, otherwise it will keep entering the ecosystems and the food chain, putting the environment and our lives at risk.

Vitor Leal Pinheiro, Campaigns Coordinator N Environment Program, Brasil

>>> Download the full report here

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