Maine law LD 67 makes common areas in our state parks and state historic sites smoke-free. These areas include:
Our outdoors is a better place without cigarettes and secondhand smoke.
Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, and over 40 of them cause cancer. It is especially harmful to children, in whom it can cause illnesses like ear infections, bronchitis, and asthma. The US Surgeon General has stated that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
Cigarette butts are the most common kind of litter in the United States. The filters contain dangerous chemicals, among them nicotine, arsenic, mercury, and lead. These toxins are lethal to wildlife and can seep into water. If eaten by a small child, cigarette butts can cause nicotine poisoning, with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and breathing problems. Because the filters can take up to ten years to break down, their threat is ongoing. Finally, cigarettes are a leading cause of fire in the United States, costing lives and millions of dollars in damage.