Monday, November 16, 2009

HOTYB Day success!

Over 80 volunteers showed up on Saturday to help raise awareness about cigarette butt litter. It was a beautiful day and great opportunity to get the message out.

Channel 6 news stopped by the Mission Beach site for a story they ran that night and the following morning. North County times swung by the Cardiff site for a story they ran...

Click Here for the NC Times story.

thanks to the volunteers and activists that helped!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


The San Diego Surfrider Foundation has been leading the way for years combating cigarette waste polluting our waters and beaches, by establishing and pushing the anti-cigarette butt litter campaign, Hold-On-To-Your-Butt. Fighting cigarette waste pollution squarely fits the SF's mission to protect oceans, waves, and beaches.

There is real momentum building as the HOTYB Campaign ramps up public awareness, partners with communities to install ash cans in high foot-traffic areas, provides individual ashtrays to smokers, and expands the SF toll-free Hotline reporting butt-flickers in cooperation with the Calfornia Highway Patrol, 1-877-211-2888 (BUTT). Be ready to report butt-flickers: record 877-211-2888 in your phone and speed dial!

New scientific evidence shows that cigarette butt toxic substances kill marine organisms when leached into water. Common sense tells us the cumulative impact of toxic butt leachets in our waterways and oceans cannot be good. Do we really need proof to know that carcinogenic chemicals flowing down gutters to the oceans are bad for marine life, swimmers and surfers?

Also, cigarette butts can spark wildfires in dry climates like California and destroy lives and homes and cause unquantifiable stress and disruption to individuals, families, and communities. If the HOTYB Campaign and Hotline can prevent just one loss of life or destroyed home, it is all worth the effort.

The good news is that more people understand the problems caused by cigarette waste and view cigarette littering as totally unacceptable behavior. There is also a growing willingness to fight butt litter by forming coalitions among non-profits, the private sector, and municipal governments.

Finally, while we need everyone's active support to stop butt-flickers and eliminate cigarette waste as a significant wildfire and environmental threat, let's remember there is a simple tax-free solution:


Friday, October 30, 2009

Hold On To Your Butt Day is coming on November 14th!

The annual Hold On To Your Butt Day hits three locations in San Diego on Saturday November 14th from 10am til noon. CLICK HERE for more details.