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THE PROBLEM

Marine litter is a global concern, affecting the coastal and marine environment. Cigarette butts (CBs) are the most littered item in the world and their presence along the Greek coastline is a very common phenomenon.

 

Approximately 5.6 trillion filtered cigarettes are smoked every year worldwide and an estimated amount of 4.5 trillion end up as litter. Apart from causing aesthetic degradation, cigarette litter causes serious environmental and socio-economic impacts.

 

Cigarette filters:

 

Furthermore, CBs are frequent cause of fires when carelessly discarded.