As part of an effort to raise awareness of and generate support for Californiaís recent legislation banning plastic straws, the city of San Francisco held a plastic straw buyback event to help ďrid our streets of these tubular menaces to society.Ē

San Francisco Mayor London Breed explained why her city made this extraordinary effort to wake people up to the all-too-serious threat from plastic straws.

ďIt is a well-presumed fact that plastic straws are responsible for thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of deaths every year in California,Ē said Mayor Breed. ďNow, admittedly, some studies show that buyback programs donít actually have an impact on, well, anything, but thatís not important