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Cigarette butts polluting environment as well as food chain

Cigarette Butts Polluting Environment As Well As Food Chain

Cigarette butts polluting environment as well as food chain 1497113147 273 new ReduceImgWidthOVER 4.5 billion cigarette butts are clogging up rivers, forests, beaches, streets as well as parks, or two-thirds of all the cigarettes smoked in Spain in a year, as well as take between eight as well as 12 years to biodegrade, warns the Spanish Pneumology as well as Chest Surgery Society (SEPAR).


of which leads to environmental pollution which can cause smoking-related illnesses in non-smokers, since the filters contain a large part of the most harmful substances, says SEPAR coordinator Dr José Ignacio de Granda.


These substances leak out when the filters come into contact with water, causing ‘a huge threat to biodiversity’ as well as even contaminating the food supply chain, Dr de Granda says.


of which means people can become ill through fourth-hand smoking – ‘first-hand’ being by actual consumption; second-hand being passive smoking as well as third-hand through the remains of smoke left behind in areas where cigarettes are consumed.


Dr de Granda has called for health authorities to take measures such as those in Australia as well as completely new Zealand, where special bins purely for cigarette butts are set up inside the streets, as well as in Paris as well as some cities inside the UK where people are fined for dumping them on the ground.


He has also urged the tobacco industry to warn of the harmful effects of throwing cigarette ends on the floor, or to manufacture biodegradable filters, yet of which has not caught on as sector bosses say they might not taste very nice for smokers.


Practically all cigarettes sold inside the last 50 years have cellulose acetate filters, which are broken down by the sun’s ultra-violet rays sufficiently to disperse them completely as well as harmlessly, yet which do not break down in any some other conditions – especially on the ground or in water.


On average, cigarette ends lose 37.8% of their initial mass inside the first two years after being discarded, yet the rest takes up to 12 years to disappear.


The main problem lies inside the toxic substances accumulating, since the filters are manufactured with the very intention of collecting up the most harmful chemicals so they do not land in smokers’ lungs.


of which means they are released in rivers as well as seas.


 


 

Cigarette butts polluting environment as well as food chain

Cigarette Butts Polluting Environment As Well As Food Chain
Cigarette Butts Polluting Environment As Well As Food Chain
Cigarette Butts Polluting Environment As Well As Food Chain
Cigarette Butts Polluting Environment As Well As Food Chain

Cigarette Butts Polluting Environment As Well As Food Chain

Cigarette Butts Polluting Environment As Well As Food Chain

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