Antoinette Taus took to Instagram to show that there were seemingly thousands of cigarette butts littering the grounds of a parking lot in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
“The parking lot is not an ashtray. The ground is not an ashtray,” she wrote.
She also said that despite the public smoking ban, there are still those who still light up in public areas.
“As we talk about the horrific effects of #PlasticPollution, people don’t realize that, when it comes to numbers, cigarette butts are actually the most found item during ocean and community clean-ups,” she wrote.
Aside from pointing out the dangers of cigarettes, she also mentioned that legislators could help “save lives and protect the health of millions of Filipinos.”
The parking lot is not an ashtray. The ground is not an 🚬 ashtray. This empty lot along 32nd street at “The Fort” in BGC sadly represents the countless locations around Metro Manila where #CigaretteButts cover the Earth with their toxic “snow”. All this, even with a 🚭 smoking ban. As we talk about the horrific effects of #PlasticPollution, people don’t realize that, when it comes to numbers, cigarette butts are actually the most found item during ocean and community 🌊 clean-ups. It is time we paid more attention to the hazardous effects ☠️☠️☠️ of #cigarette waste on #PublicHealth and the #environment. _________________ “Cigarette waste carries a number of horrors from different perspectives, including: 🚭 toxicity 🚭 accidental consumption by children and animals 🚭 long term and societal human health effects TOXIC WASTE ☠️ #Poisons leach from the 4 trillion cigarette filters that we chuck each year, harming health and environment alike. We have found that one cigarette butt soaked in a litre of water for 96 hours leaches out enough toxins to kill half of the fresh or salt water fish exposed to them. 750,000 TONNES 🌏 Cigarette butts are also the most common item collected during coastal clean-ups and urban litter surveys. By one estimate, around two-thirds of the 6 trillion cigarettes smoked worldwide every year end up being dropped, flicked or dumped into the environment – around 750,000 tonnes in total. CARCINOGEN ☠️ Used cigarette butts are not just pieces of non-biodegradable #plastic. They also contain the #carcinogens, #nicotine and #toxins found in all #tobacco products.” (Source: newscientist.com) _________________ 😷 FACT: Tobacco was and remains the single deadliest behavioral risk factor for cancer, heart attack, stroke and other noncommunicable diseases in the #Philippines. The Philippines' legislators face a unique opportunity to save lives and protect the #health of millions of Filipinos 🇵🇭 as they consider the proposal to increase #TobaccoTax. Read @WHOPhilippines Representative Dr. Gundo Weiler's latest commentary published on INQUIRER.net. LINK: http://bit.ly/2tq5NEa _________________