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- Cigarettes are the most littered item in the country.
- Since 1980 cigarette butts have represented 30-40% of all litter collected from coastal waterways and urban areas among major surveys in the U.S.
- Communities have established smoke free public spaces, including parks, in part to mitigate this source of litter and pollution.
- In 2014, Philadelphia prohibited smoking on all lands and facilities under the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
- However, not all parks in Philadelphia have the same environment to deter smoking, as “Smoke-Free” signs are not posted in all parks
This study reports the results of systematic litter audits at four parks in Center City Philadelphia in order to describe major categories and the proportion of smoking-related litter found at parks.
population health, public parks, smoking, epidemiology, litter, Philadelphia, cigarettes
McIntire, PhD, MPH, Russell K. and Lipshaw, MPH, Ashley, "Characterizing Smoking-related Litter in Public Parks in Philadelphia" (2019). College of Population Health Posters. 17.