Baltimore in the US state of Maryland and its mayor, Brandon Scott, announced Monday that they had jointly filed a lawsuit against tobacco companies in an effort to recover money Baltimore spends cleaning up discarded cigarette butts, reports the Baltimore Sun
(22 November, Jensen). Millions of littered cigarette filters pollute Baltimore’s water and soil, the city said in the suit filed in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City. Since May 2014, trash wheels have collected more than 12 million cigarette filters from Baltimore’s waterways, the city said. Baltimore spends US$5.3 million disposing of cigarette filters each year, the city said in the lawsuit, representing a drain on the Department of Public Works’ budget. The nonbiodegradable filters leach toxic chemicals into the ground and water, where they can remain in the environment for decades, Baltimore argued in its complaint. The city brought claims against tobacco manufacturers Phillip Morris, Altria Group, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, British American Tobacco, and Liggett Group, as well as a cigarette distributor, The George J. Falter Company, under Maryland’s Illegal Dumping and Litter Control Law. “This is the first litter lawsuit against cigarette manufacturers, and Baltimore is proud to lead the way in ensuring that these companies pay for cleanup costs that for decades they have offloaded on communities like ours,” Scott said in a statement.
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