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A Little Less Litter Cape Breton

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Please read this posting from the A Little Less Litter Cape Breton page on Facebook, then click on the link below and watch the video.*

We went to a little brook near Orangedale the other night to watch the trout feed and enjoy the spectacular afterglow of the sunset. But upon getting out of the car we found someone had dumped their entire astray of cigarette butts on the ground right by the brook. Folks, these are toxic waste. 

Tobacco litter is the largest category of litter found in Cape Breton. It is being committed by 23% of the population who smoke. We think it is clear that if smokers wish to retain their right to smoke they had better start paying attention, talking to each other, and stop tossing butts on the ground or into the ditches from the car. 

Most smokers do care about the world they live in and are not just losers with an addiction. They are people and should be treated as such. When we saw a tourist toss a butt on the ground in Baddeck the other day 5 feet from a trash can, we went up to her with a smile, and asked her to put her butts in the garbage, because "we love our town." Because we were kind we had a productive conversation with her about butts and the problems they pose. She honestly a) did not think anyone cared, and b) had no idea how toxic the little stinkers are. 

Please watch the film and "like" if you learn something. It will tell you everything you need to know. And yes, if you are a kid, you have the most powerful influence to get a smoker to change their habits. We did research ourselves, and found that being asked by a kid to change their ways would be as effective or more than passing laws (which already exist and are not easily enforced). 

*In addition, nicotine is killing our precious wild bees, domestic bees, butterflies and other insects that are necessary to our ecosystem.

Watch this slide show to see the larger impact of litter. http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/38036370

Thank you David and Marion for presenting this for us.- Maggie

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