In an effort to control street litter, new Illinois legislation that will take effect on Jan. 1 will make it illegal to toss a cigarette butt on the ground, according to the Rockford Register Star, and anyone who breaks the law will face up to $1,500 in fines, and that's just for their first conviction.
According to the national lobbying organization Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, cigarette butts are "the most commonly discarded pieces of waste worldwide," with an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of butts ending up as toxic waste every year. The new amendment to Illinois's Litter Control Act, HB 3243, advocates that cigarette butts are a dangerous form of litter for the environment. <
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