Here is another side of tobacco often overlooked…

Tobacco use is harmful to the environment causing deforestation, soil degradation, and increased use of pesticides. On top of that, the dangers from smoking don’t stop once a cigarette is stubbed out. Cigarette filters/butts are the No. 1 littered item on Montana roadways; a major cause of air, land, and water pollution. Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals and carcinogens that are poisonous to wildlife and can contaminate water sources.

Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, and secondhand smoke is harmful air pollution.  According to the U.S. Surgeon General, secondhand smoke contains toxic chemicals and at least 69 of them cause cancer.  Secondhand smoke is proven to cause lung cancer and heart disease in non-smoking adults. Thankfully, in 2009, Montana fully implemented the Clean Indoor Air Act to protect your right to breathe clean air in public places.

Expanding our tobacco free policies to include parks protects you, your family and our entire community.

Support friends and family in their attempts to quit tobacco use. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line 1(800) QUIT-NOW is a proven solution to nicotine addiction. There is nothing healthy or environmentally responsible about tobacco use.