3. The production of cigarettes is very damaging to the environment. It is estimated that one tree is lost for every 300 cigarettes produced (that is one and a half cartons). 4. Many chemical products are used during the course of growing tobacco and manufacturing cigarettes, the residues of which may be found in cigarettes prepared for consumption. These chemicals include pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides. 5. In addition, over 4000 chemicals may also be introduced into the environment via cigarette particulate matter (for example tar) - and mainstream smoke
. 6. 95% of cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a plastic slow to degrade. Cellulose acetate fibers are thinner than sewing thread; white and packed tightly together to create a filter with an appearance of cotton. Cigarette filters are specifically designed to absorb vapors and to accumulate particulate smoke components. 7. Discarded cigarette butts have been linked to large wildfires, resulting in the destruction of wildlife, vegetation and property worldwide.
8. Thrown away cigarette butts consume tax dollars for cleanup and disposal, money that could be used elsewhere for urgent services.
9. They are a blight on our surroundings and...
10. They last forever!
As many smokers are not doing the right thing as far as safely disposing of their cigarette butts, governmental agencies, environmental organizations and anti-litter groups need to do much more to educate smokers that littering cigarette butts causes considerable harm to the environment. Cigarette manufacturers should also be playing a part in such education.