By Chad Love
I'm not a smoker, so I've never pondered the question of what to do with my cigarette butts while out fishing. However, if the number of butts I see bobbing along the surface of the water is any indication, many smokers don't ponder either, they just take one last drag and flick it. After all, it's a just a little cigarette butt, right?
Well, no. In fact, according to this story cigarette butts are highly toxic to fish.
From the story:
Cigarette butts, one of the most ubiquitous forms of garbage in the world, have been found to be toxic to saltwater and freshwater fish. Even with a small amount of unburnt tobacco clinging to it, a single cigarette butt soaked for a day is enough to turn a liter of water a sickly yellow brown and kill 50 percent of fish swimming in it. Without tobacco, it takes about 4 smoked filters to do the same job.