No Butts About It
No butts about it.
- contain arsenic, nicotine, lead and pesticides.
- harm wild animals that mistake them for food.
- pollute lakes, rivers and the land.
- spoil the natural beauty of our forest preserves.
- are the number one littered item in the United States.
The Forest Preserve District doesn’t prohibit smoking in its forest preserves or golf courses, but it does believe that smoke- and tobacco-free environments provide the healthiest outdoor experiences. After all, cigarette butts create pollution, and secondhand smoke can be a serious health hazard, especially for the young and old and for people with existing medical conditions.
That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to help make the forest preserves smoke- and tobacco-free and the cleanest, freshest places to walk, bike, fish, paddle, golf, ride horseback, cross-country ski or snowshoe.
Keep an eye out for special messages at forest preserve information kiosks and upcoming events, and visit Keep America Beautiful for more facts about cigarette litter. For information on tobacco and second-hand smoke and ways smokers can quit, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.