Bag the Butts

‘Bag the Butts’ Tackles Global Litter Issue

Cigarette trash endangers wildlife & environment

Because cigarette butts are the world’s greatest environmental litter problem, taking up to 10 years to decompose and containing toxic chemicals, Breathe New Hampshire sponsors Bag the Butts. This clean-up activity, held every year around Earth Day in April, encourages volunteers to clean up school and work campuses, neighborhoods, parks and waterfronts by providing tool kits.

Bag the Butts Raffle Winner Announced

As incentive, teams are entered into a raffle for a gift card. The Greater Keene Rotaract Club (GKRC) won this year’s raffle for participating in Breathe New Hampshire’s annual Earth Day activity through partners Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities and Monadnock Alcohol & Drug Abuse Coalition.  The Rotaract Club collected discarded cigarette butts and other litter in Ashuelot River Park. 

GKRC is a program of Rotary International and is comprised of a group of service-oriented young adults wishing to make a difference in their community.  They follow the credo of Rotary International, “service above self.”

Breathe New Hampshire would like to thank all the individuals and groups participating in Bag the Butts this year:  Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities (CCTFC), which included raffle winner GKRC, Keene High School Interact Club, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Keene Lions Club. More than 100 volunteers on the CCTFC team collected 6,000 cigarette butts and other litter in Keene, Swanzey and Winchester.

Tobacco Control Specialist at CCTFC Jane Skantze said, “Not only did we rid our towns’ parks and beaches of cigarette litter, we raised awareness of the environmental and health hazards of tobacco use.” 

Other teams were the Pembroke Academy Key Club and Raymond Coalition for Youth, both longtime Bag the Butts participants.  Pembroke Academy put a different spin on the activity by running a Bag the Butts and trash scavenger hunt at the school as part of their health fair.

2018 Bag the Butts Scheduled

Save the date, Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, for the 2018 Bag the Butts campaign!  But why wait?  Any time is a great time to Bag the Butts.

Want to start your own Bag the Butts team in your neighborhood, at your workplace, school campus, or favorite park this summer or fall?  Contact Breathe New Hampshire for more information and free tool kits.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Call 603-669-2411 or email


Pembroke Academy Key Club

  Bag the Butts 2017

Pembroke Academy Key Club participated in their school’s health fair and sponsored a scavenger hunt.  For "Bag the Butts", the Key Club added cigarette butts to their scavenger list.

  We welcomed new partner Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities.  Over 100 volunteers "Bagged the Butts" at seven different locations.


Bagging the Butts in NH

Why Bag the Butts?

Impact of Smoking

Bag the Butts Cards
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Bag the Butts  Flyer

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