Happy Earth Day Vape Community! As if there were not already enough reasons to vape instead of smoke, there are now studies being released on the effect cigarette butts are having on our environment. According to environmental clean-up reports, cigarette butts have become the No. 1 most littered item on U.S. roadways, beaches, and waterways. While this is obviously not aesthetically pleasing, there are much more important reasons that this is a problem besides the ugly factor. Globally each year the human population consumes about 4.5 trillion cigarettes. That is roughly 34 billion pounds of cigarette butts. Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable and can take up to 26 years to decompose. Filters are made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, and can persist in the environment as long as other forms of plastic. Butts contain hazardous chemicals such as cadmium, arsenic, and lead which are partially filtered out during the smoking process but amounts still remain. When the tons of cigarette butts that are flicked one at a time each year onto our roads and grounds are carried by the wind and rain into our water supply the chemicals then leak out and accumulate. Cigarette filters have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, whales, and other marine animals who mistake them for food. Converting to vaping is not only better for your health, but for the health of our environment. So spread the word, vape on, and don’t forget to recycle!