The Government has made no specific assessment of the effects of discarded cigarettes on ocean plastic pollution. However, there is some evidence that in marine environments cigarette butts contribute to microplastics. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science is working to look at the impact of cigarette butts in the marine environment. This project is due to be completed next year.
The Litter Strategy for England was published in April 2017.
We are considering how we can ensure that manufacturers are held responsible for covering the costs of clearing up litter from cigarette butts.