Banning the Sale of Single-Use Plastic Cigarette Filters in California (SB424)

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Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world — 4.5 trillion filters are littered every year, leaching hundreds of toxic chemicals into our waterways and ocean. Made from plastic (cellulose acetate), cigarette butts never fully decompose, they’re a well-known eyesore, and they can kill fish and wildlife. They're the number one collected item at beach clean-ups around the world, and it costs the city of San Francisco $7.5 million a year (from taxpayer dollars) to clean up this litter. Environmentally, economically, and for the sake of human health — let's end this problem.

California‘s legislature is now considering Senate Bill 424 (SB424), which would ban the sale of "a cigarette utilizing a single-use filter made of any material, including cellulose acetate, any other fibrous plastic material, or any organic or biodegradable material." The alternative? If you're going to smoke, going "old school" and rolling cigarettes without a filter might be your best bet — there is mounting scientific evidence that shows filters don't improve smokers' health, but have actually just altered the most frequent type of lung cancer. However, another option is for smokers to utilize a reusable filter in pre-rolled cigarettes.

This petition was started because of The Cigarette Surfboard. Originally created in 2017, the surfboard used over 10,000 cigarette butts collected off the beaches of California. It was inspired by the need to raise awareness about the important role the ocean plays in our lives and on our planet — from the waves we surf to the air we breathe (50-80% of our oxygen comes from the ocean).

The Cigarette Surfboard is about surfers and non-surfers alike voicing and participating in active change for a healthier ocean. Considering the threats facing our planet today, something as simple as holding Big Tobacco responsible for developing an alternative to single-use filters is within our reach. Please sign this petition to show your public support for SB424, which could become the first legislative bill to address this issue on a significant scale.