Megan Warfield Olympia October 6, 2006

Friends,

Does anyone have any experience with providing small disposable foil packets (approximately 2 inches by 3 inches) to smokers as an alternative to littering their cigarette butts? Will smokers actually use them? Do they actually use them if provided? For those of you who are not familiar with them, they are small foil pouches that will hold one or two cigarette butts. The smoker is supposed to use them to store the cigarette butts safely until they find a garbage can. (This addresses the, "I don't want to put a smoking cigarette butt in my pocket or purse" excuse). Also looking for a potential source of these packets so we can conduct a pilot project. Several years ago we received several thousand for free from one of the tobacco companies, but that program has been discontinued. We have found several rigid plastic versions doing a general on-line search, but we are specifically looking for foil, since it can easily be slipped into an envelope and mailed to someone. Please do not direct me to the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program - we have already been in contact with them.

Thank you.
Megan Warfield

Litter Programs Coordinator
Washington Dept. of Ecology
(360) 407-6963
meth461@ecy.wa.gov