Siesta Key Beach cleaned for Earth Day one cigarette butt at a time

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SARASOTA, Fla. – In recognition of Earth Day, Sarasota county student's took to Siesta Key Beach Saturday morning to pick up litter.

For three hours Students Working Against Tobacco gathered to clean the beach. Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death in the United States.

A Riverview High school student said people don't always realize that smoking is not only bad for their health, but is bad for the environment. The remnants of cigarettes contribute more than 4.5 Trillion pieces of litter worldwide each year.

One member of Students Working Against Tobacco, Hilary Woodcum, said “Cigarettes are actually the most littered item in the world! So it is important to do things like this and be out in our community and help make a difference.”

Not only do cigarette butts litter the sandy beaches but the remnants of tobacco contains toxic chemicals that can affect the water quality and hurt sea animals.