Filters (or butts, after they are “used”) are the number one source of litter worldwide; 4.5 trillion (not a typo) are tossed away annually. Filters make cigarettes more, not less, dangerous. And 98% of people who smoke use filtered cigarettes. By design, they make it easier to start and to keep smoking. If cigarette filters were removed, many people would be able to quit smoking, and far fewer children would start. It would be one of the most powerful anti-tobacco moves in history. LEARN MORE