Cigarette Litter Prevention

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in America.


In partnership with Keep America Beautiful, communities have an opportunity to participate in a Philip Morris USA initiative. Philip Morris will place litter stands to collect cigarette butts in communities nationwide and educate adult smokers 21+ on the importance of disposing of their cigarette butts properly.

Community groups are being given the opportunity to enter locations (city and zip code) on a map to indicate where they would like to see a litter stand installed. As stands are placed, an interactive map will populate featuring local stories and showing locations that have been selected.

Keep America Beautiful & Philip Morris USA request your help in finding locations to place litter stands to provide opportunities for adult smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts properly.

Click here for complete details and click here to download the Litter Stand Order Form.

Contact Rob Dubas by e-mail for any additional question you may have.


Research shows that individuals who would never consider littering an aluminum can, a piece of paper or other items may be littering cigarette butts. They may be surprised to be called litterers. But dropping partially-smoked cigarettes, cigarette butts, matches, lighters and packaging to the ground is littering. These items become litter when not disposed of properly. Cigarette litter is an emerging litter problem in communities around the country. Lack of awareness, lack of ash receptacles, and the increase of outdoor smoking add to the visible impact of cigarette litter.

Research shows that smokers will litter cigarette butts, lighters, matches and packaging material if an ash receptacle is not readily available. Cigarette litter occurs most often at Transition Points. Transition Points are those places where a person must discontinue smoking before proceeding. A bus stop, a store entrance, building loading docks, walkways leading to government buildings and similar places are the Transition Points in a neighborhood.

Are you interested in addressing this problem in your community? Identify other stakeholders who care about your neighborhood who can help you. Your team should include representatives of businesses, local government and neighborhood organizations. Then, follow the steps outlined in KAB’s Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention. It will be a valuable program your team can use to improve your community.

Remember this:
A Little More Thought—Less Littered Butts!