Cigarette butts are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, which can take up to 10 years to decompose. These harmful plastic pieces mixed with toxic chemicals have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, and many other marine creatures that mistake them for food. Cigarette butts may seem small, but with the number of butts littered every year, the toxic chemicals add up. So if you’re a smoker, please be kind to nature and the creatures we live among. Instead of throwing your cigarette butts in the sand of our beautiful Cyprus beaches, dispose of them properly. It’s that easy.