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Tampa Bay Times: In the battle against plastic straws, is banning them a good idea?

Order a drink at a downtown restaurant, coffee shop or bar these days and there’s a good chance it will arrive sans plastic straw.

That’s because several businesses eagerly jumped on board the “No Straw St. Pete” campaign, launched in April to combat the menace of the indestructible plastic straw. The United States alone uses an estimated 500 million straws a day, which never degrade, can exist forever in landfills, beaches and waterways and threaten marine life.

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