Kill the Butts: Policy Options for Reducing Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Waste (2014)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cigarette butts on public streets, sidewalks and other outdoor areas are toxic and unsightly and result in high litter management and collection costs for communities. Programs that effectively minimize tobacco product waste can save municipalities money, substantially benefit the environment, enhance our quality of life, and lower the risk of cigarette-caused fires. This webinar will describe the problem of tobacco product waste, explain relevant environmental principles, and discuss several policy and regulatory options and legislative efforts underway to reduce tobacco product waste, including Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship policy tools and a ban on cigarette filters.

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  • Dr. Thomas Novotny, Professor of Global Health at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD), founder of the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project
  • Clif Curtis, Policy Research Director at the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project and a Director of the Varda Group for Environment and Sustainability
  • Mike Freiberg, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium