Past Petition (2020/2021)
Ban the Butt took this petition to the Canadian House of Commons in 2020, to ensure that the plastics used in tobacco products are included in the proposed ban on plastics.
- Canada sells twenty-seven billion cigarettes annually.
- Tobacco pollution is the number one form of litter contaminating our eco-systems. Cigarette butts are a plastic product that significantly contributes to pollution in soil, waterways, and beaches, and impacts the health of fish and other wildlife, as well as the safety of the food supply for humans. Plastic cigar tips, commonly sold and used with cigarillos and small cigars, are also among the most littered objects.
- We have deposit/return and Environmental Handling Fee models already in practice
- There is already a processor that is recycling cigarette butts and cigar tips.
- An Environmental Handling Fee on tobacco products will create jobs and generate one billion dollars of revenue.
- Efforts to prevent litter of cigarette filters by educating consumers have failed.
- Ban the sale of cigarettes, cigars, cigarette tubes and other tobacco products that contain single use plastics.
- Apply a minimum Environment Handling Fee of $.05 per cigarette, cigar, cigarette tube and other tobacco products to be used for supporting the infrastructure for cigarette butt, vape pod and cigar tip recycling.
- Apply a minimum fee of $.05 per cigarette or cigar or cigarette tube to be used as a Refundable Deposit on vape pods, cigarette filters and cigar tips.