A CLEAN & HAPPY EARTH

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TAKE THE CHALLENGE: A CLEAN & HAPPY EARTH

The Issue:

Tobacco and nicotine aren’t just a public health issue. They impact the environment, too. Cigarette butts are the most littered item on the planet. They aren’t biodegradable so they don’t break down, and they leak toxic waste into the environment. Also, littered e-cig cartridges and pods leak heavy metals and residual nicotine into the environment. Plus, most e-cig companies (like JUUL) still haven’t established a way to recycle their products. So in addition to being highly addictive, cigarettes and vaping products are contributing to Earth’s mounting toxic litter problem. Yuck.

 

The Game Design Prompt:

Create a game that reveals how smoking and vaping are contributing to Earth’s mounting toxic litter problem.

KEY FACTS

Cigarette butts are the most littered item on Earth.

Toxins can seep out of littered cigarette butts and contaminate the water.

Cigarettes aren’t biodegradable, which means they don’t break down over time.

Littered e-cig pods can leak heavy metals and residual nicotine into the environment.

ABOUT THE THEME

THEME RESOURCES

TheVault

Truth Initiative’s The Vault is a collection of facts, activities and multimedia resources that teach students about the harmful effects of smoking on the environment. Explore, react and take action!

Tobacco use is not only a health issue, it is also an environmental issue. They are the most littered item in the world. The waste from cigarettes can leach toxic chemicals into the environment, leading to land, water and air pollution.

Cigarettes +  Environment = Disaster

Article: Cigarettes + Environment = Disaster

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Butt Invasion

Activity: The Butt Invasion Game

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Better Butts

Article: Better Butts

ActivityWhich Butt Are You Activity

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Juul Harms the Environment

Because of heavy metals and residual nicotine, e-cigs can qualify as both e-waste *AND* biohazard waste.

Article: H*CKEN METAL

Activity: The Most Metal Quiz

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TakeAction

TAKE ACTION: Ready to take action? Join the fight against tobacco and vaping in the community, environment and pop culture.