Citing plastic pollution, state Dems would ban cigarette filters

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“Recycling efforts increased in the last decade, but so has the use of single-serve plastics. The Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Act, introduced by Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday, prohibits selling cigarettes with single-use filters as another kind of plastic pollutant.

‘Cigarette butts are everywhere—littering our streets, our parks, and our waterways, and spreading plastic pollution and toxic chemicals into our environment and our food supply,’ said Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger, a cosponsor of the bill.

The measure combats smoking by appealing to environmental concerns instead of healthcare issues. Single-use plastics and packaging, meant for convenience, are particularly difficult to keep track of, dispose of, and recycle properly.”

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