SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

According to the office of Assemblymember Mark Stone, 29th district, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution supporting Stone’s proposed law to prohibit filters in cigarettes. 

In a news release Tuesday, Stone remarked, “discarded cigarette filters are a major problem in coastal communities throughout the state, and Santa Cruz County is no exception.  These toxic cigarette butts leach dangerous chemicals into the environment, kill animals that eat them, and cause communities to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for clean-up." He said, “I’m pleased that Santa Cruz County recognizes this problem.”

Assembly Bill 1504 would protect wildlife and preserve California’s coast and waterways by banning cigarette filters. 

Filters, the small piece of spongy plastic found in cigarette butts, are a costly and prevalent source of litter in California communities and recreational areas. Cigarette butts remain as the single most collected item of trash collected by volunteer groups and organizations that conduct parks, rivers and beach cleanup events. 

Stone said the conservation group Save Our Shores estimates that its volunteers have collected 466,000 cigarette butts around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary since 2007.