Starting today, and for ever onward, always bin your butts

newsxMANY smokers don't realise that throwing away their butts can be harmful to wildlife and the environment. A new awareness-raising campaign aims to change that.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismore City Council staff have signed up for the first National Butt Free Day today (Thursday, October 18) to spread the word about the dangers of butts being tossed away, and to promote easy solutions

Cr Dowell said not only did cigarette butts damage the environment - they also make the city look untidy.

"If you're a smoker and can't give up for your own health, think about our river's health and bin your butt," Cr Dowell said.

Fag ends are Australia's most littered item, with an estimated seven million of them randomly chucked out each year.

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