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Tobacco-free environments assist tobacco users who want to quit and protect the public from the harms of secondhand smoke. 2006 Surgeon General's Report—The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke

Secondhand smoke is harmful in all environments, indoors and outdoors. 2010 Surgeon General's Report—How Tobacco Causes Disease

Tobacco litter is the most common form of litter. If the cigarette butts littered in Travis County in one year were lined up, they would stretch across the state of Texas. And, each butt can take 10 years to decompose. Keep America Beautiful and Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department

Cigarette butts are toxic. In fact, just one cigarette butt in about a liter of water can kill fish. That's because cigarettes contain harmful chemicals like ammonia, cyanide, mercury, lead, and arsenic. Virtually all cigarette litter ends up in our streams and lakes. Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department

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