"Cigarette companies acknowledge the problem. The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, created by the nonprofit group Keep America Beautiful, is financed by Philip Morris, the cigarette giant. The prevention program's statistics show that butts constitute 28 percent to 33 percent of all litter nationwide -- measured by item number, not volume. Similarly, the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy, which also receives money from Philip Morris, has found that butts account for 28 percent of littered items washing up on beaches worldwide."A number of legislators I polled for the "Butt Heads" cover story this week complained about cigarette litter. Councilwoman Lynn Ricci of University City, a former smoker, said she hates it so much when people throw cigarette butts from their cars, that she happily goes and knocks on the car windows and asks people to cut it out.
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