Mar 18, 2014

Cigarette Butts are Ugly Butts

I recently was on vacation in Negril, Jamaica, home of the famous Seven Mile Beach. It's easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, if not the entire world.

Unfortunately, this beach is like many all over the world: it's littered with cigarette butts. Ugly, filthy, disgusting cigarette butts. There's nothing that makes me sadder than to see one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world littered with trash.

My first instinct was to pick up these butts. I may have looked like a fool, but who cares. I'm long past the point when I care what people think. I'm revolted by these butts, and I'm going to at least clean up my little area of the beach.

My first instinct was to pick up these ugly butts.
After I returned back to my little cottage where I worked for three weeks, I got onto my computer and did a little research. I learned that cigarettes are the most littered thing in the world. And unlike what you might think, they're not made of innocuous cotton.

Cigarette butts are actually made of thousands of plastic fibers (cellulose ace tow) that are not biodegradable. In fact, it will take decades for these ugly butts to decompose. Cigarette filters are damaging to the environment, and littered butts cause numerous fires every year, some of them fatal. Research has also shown that cigarette butts are toxic to fish, who will die in water that contains cigarette filters.

I got so mad reading about the fact that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year, I decided to do something about it. So I made a video. OK, I probably won't get nominated for an Academy Award. It's my first video and it's a little rough. But I tried to make a couple of points:

First, if you smoke, please, PLEASE don’t litter. Find a proper receptacle to dispose of your cigarette butt!

But in some places, I know it’s hard to find a place to dispose your butt. So then, what do you do? Well, my solution is to use the smarter, safer, sexier option: the e-cigarette, of course!

You can simply take your e-cigarette out when you want to vape and put it back in your beach bag when you’re done. A Vaping Vamp cartomizer equals 6 or 7 cigarettes, so you can bring one of our e-cigs and vape at the beach all day long!

Take a look at my video and let me know what you think. And please join me in getting rid of all the ugly butts on the beach!

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