While great emphasis is placed on the killer aspects of smoking, no attention at all is paid to the disposal of used tobacco products.
Governments, the tobacco industry and users themselves have done a terrible job of addressing tobacco litter, which has grown into an identified worldwide environmental hazard.
There is no mandated message on cigarette packages concerning the correct disposal of this toxic product. No one seems to want to talk about, let alone take responsibility for, cigarette butt litter.
Why not require a “Do Not Litter” message on all tobacco product packaging and have programs that blend education with enforcement regarding smoking-related litter?
Tobacco companies net the profits. The rest of us get the butt end.