To: Jeremy Hunt

Revise UK law to make Non-Biodegradable Cigarette filters illegal.

Revise UK law to make Non-Biodegradable Cigarette filters illegal.

Reduce the amount of total litter left for future generations, by ensuring that Smokers' habits stop with the individual; and not with our environmental living standards.

Switching from Cellulose Acetate filters to naturally spun filters made from renewable materials (such as Cotton, Flax, and Hemp composites), would help eliminate a source of garbage that globally, accounts for more than 30% of human waste.[1]

Why is this important?

"Six million cigarette butts are dropped on the City's [London] streets every year and we spend £3.8 million cleaning it up, it's no small problem."[2]

Cigarette butts are the most common form of anthropogenic (man-made) litter in the world, as approximately 5.6 trillion cigarettes are smoked every year worldwide. Of those it is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year. [3][4]

If we are to promote the United Kingdom as a 'climate-conscious' nation, we must be willing to make implementations that go further than Congestion Charges, Renewable-Energy quotas, and CO2 emissions controls; it stands to reason that changes to everyday materials and consumption, creates visible ripples.

In an age where environmental policy is in a constant tug of war between skepticism and economic interest, a simple measure such as this would set a cost-effective benchmark for other nations.

One out every 5 pieces of litter encountered, is a cigarette butt[5]; imagine a world where within one generation, our children would never have to see another wasted filter ever again.

References: [1];jsessionid=852BC123C0A844038FAC61CC91BA248C.f04t02?systemMessage=Wiley+Online+Library+usage+report+download+page+will+be+unavailable+on+Friday+24th+November+2017+at+21%3A00+EST+%2F+02.00+GMT+%2F+10%3A00+SGT+%28Saturday+25th+Nov+for+SGT+ [2] [3] [4] [5]

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