Most smokers probably don’t even think of a cigarette butt as litter, but in truth, it’s one of the biggest litter problems facing the world today. Although they’re small, they are practically indestructible, taking anywhere from eighteen months to ten years to break down. Yes, you read that correctly, up to ten years! Even if it’s at the lower end of the spectrum, eighteen months is a very long time.
The butts themselves are dangerous to living organisms, they are often washed into waterways, polluting the fish, living organisms and wildlife which are sustained by the water. If parts of the tobacco are still attached to the butts, the problem is worse, because nicotine is poisonous. Nicotine saturates the ground, as well as polluting the water and can cause a great many problems for the ecosystem. Not to mention that small children and pets can eat the butts and become sick or in severe cases, even die. (Fortunately someone dying is rare, but who can say when or where it might happen?)
Today, when there are great options available, such as vaping, smoking is not only dangerous, costly and unpleasant for others to be around, it is also a huge problem for the planet on which me live. There’s absolutely no reason for it, there really isn’t. Vaping is so much safer for everyone involved and doesn’t pollute the planet, destroy the waterways or poison anyone. So why aren’t we all doing it?
When I smoked, I worked hard to be as considerate as possible. I hate litter, so whenever I put out a cigarette, I would put it in my pocket, or a small plastic bag and then deposit into a bin when I was near one. I actually had a small little pocket ashtray that I used for many years, which kept the butts in it and then I emptied it when it was full. Now, I’m not trying to say that I’m a better person than other smokers, I’m just trying to point out that with a little bit of consideration, if you still smoke, you don’t have to kill the planet while you’re slowly killing yourself.
Cigarette butts are what?
Additional facts about cigarette filters:
Cigarette filters were designed to absorb some of the toxins in cigarette smoke and collect tar. They were originally intended to keep the tobacco from entering the smoker’s mouth. Remember non-filtered cigarettes where everyone was either picking tobacco off their lips or spitting?
Cigarette filters are a core of cellulose acetate and two layers of wrapping which are made of paper and/or rayon.
The Cellulose acetate fibers in a cigarette butt are thinner than a single strand of cotton (thread) and a single filter contains more than twelve thousand of these fibers.
The inner wrapper on a cigarette filter is designed to allow air to flow through it from the core for light cigarettes or to block airflow for regular cigarettes.
The outer layer of paper is engineered to not stick to a smoker’s lips and attaches the filter to the tube of tobacco.
Chemicals are added to cigarette paper which control the burn rate. Calcium carbonate is often added as a whitener.
Clean this place up!
Everywhere you look people are striving to recycle, go green, cut down emissions from automobiles, etc. There’s a good reason for this. We only have one planet and if we’re going to preserve it at all for future generations, we have to start taking better care of it. This means reducing waste, cleaning up litter, planting trees, using less pesticides on our fruits and vegetables when growing them and yes, throwing cigarette butts away in a bin rather than tossing them on the ground.
According to several different sources, there are 7.2 people currently smoking in the United Kingdom. Now imagine how many cigarette butts that adds up to be in the course of a day, a week, a year, even if only one fourth of the cigarettes smoked are discarded on to the ground. And I assure you, that’s a very conservative estimate.
On a worldwide scale
We have over 1 billion smokers in the world today.
Worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased every minute, 15 billion are sold every single day, and over 5 trillion are produced and used on an annual basis.
Five trillion cigarette filters weigh approximately 2 billion pounds. 2 BILLION POUNDS!
Estimates are that trillions of filters, filled with toxic chemicals from tobacco, make their way into our environment as discarded waste yearly.
In China alone there are more than 300 million smokers (one-third of the world’s smokers) and they consume approximately 2.3 trillion cigarettes a year. Let that sink in for a moment. This is only one country. Granted, they have a lot of people, but it’s still only one country.
Take Steps to Quit Today
Everything about cigarettes threatens life on our planet. They pollute the ground we walk on and the air we breathe. If we smoke, cigarettes poison us slowly, stealing our health, our resources and our very quality of life long before they kill us.
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