Table 1

Governmental efforts to hold tobacco industry accountable for tobacco product waste costs

CountryCost amount/year
FranceGovernment estimated €80 million annual cost of reducing environmental pollution caused by cigarette butts.33
UKGovernment estimated £40 million annual cost of cleaning up discarded cigarette butts.34
San Francisco, California (USA)Tobacco product waste clean-up cost in San Francisco alone is approximately US$7.4 million annually.35
European UnionNo specific cost estimate is available for tobacco product waste, but ‘Single-Use Plastics Directive’ is estimated to reduce the environmental damage of these plastics by €22 billion.36