Butt Free Australia recognises and acknowledges the many excellent organisations and initiatives are in place to deal with smoking-related health issues.
It is a known fact that serious health risks are linked to cigarette smoking. This is acknowledged by Butt Free Australia.
The Butt Free Australia campaign exists only because cigarette butt littering will continue to be a serious environmental problem in Australia as long as smoking remains legal. Our sole focus is management of the environmental consequences of careless cigarette butt disposal.
Butt Free Australia occasionally has been accused of actively encouraging smoking by distributing personal ashtrays during awareness campaigns.
We question the logic of this belief, which we see as akin to claiming that seat belts in cars encourage reckless driving or rubbish bins encourage the consumption of fast food.
Giving personal ashtrays to adults who smoke is merely equipping them with a responsible option for disposal of their cigarette butts.
Butt Free Australia's strategy is to influence behavioural change by educating the whole community about the environmental consequences of cigarette butt littering.
Our ultimate goal will be reached when butt littering is seen as socially unacceptable behaviour and "butting it and binning it" has become the norm.