- A study conducted in Cambridge, England by Anglia Ruskin University tells us that aside from plastic, cigarette butts are also another huge threat to our environment.
- Discarded butts not only pollute our ocean but even harms our soil because they’re made of harmful material.
We’ve all known about the devastating effects of single use plastic to the environment. Countless experts and organizations have warned us over and over about it, urging us to minimize our daily usage of plastic products such as bottles, cups, straws, and others.
Well it looks like we actually have a bigger environmental threat than plastic, according to a recent study. What could be a more harmful environmental hazard than plastic, you ask? A new research gives us this answer – cigarette butts.
Aside from harming our oceans, cigarette butts are also destroying our soil.
In a study conducted by Cambridge, England’s Anglia Ruskin University and published in the Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety journal, we learn that discarded cigarette butts in soil decreases germination of grass by 10% and clover by 27%. Shoot length is also affected by 13% and 28% decrease, respectively.
Dr Danielle Green, lead author of the study, put it this way:
“Despite being a common sight littering streets and parks worldwide, our study is the first to show the impact of cigarette butts on plants.”
It’s a massive problem that definitely needs to be addressed sooner than later.
The research further tells us that an estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered on a yearly basis.
In Cambridge, for example, the researchers found about 128 butts per square meter.
So yes, smoking, in the long run, destroys our body, wastes our money, and even harms our environment.
This means it is truly a serious environmental concern, particularly because cigarette filters are made of a bioplastic called cellulose acetate fiber.
Meanwhile, it has also been discovered that even unsmoked cigarettes, when thrown irresponsibly, also has similar devastating effects as used filters. It only gets worse when tobacco toxins are burned.
Bees Kill Penguins by Stinging Them in the Eyes
2000 Kilogram Sunfish Caught Off North African Coast
Man Embezzles $57K in COVID-19 Relief to Buy Pokemon Cards
Florida Man Catches and “Recycles” Alligator in Driveway
Man Shocks Reporter on How He’d Spend the Lottery Winnings
Man Joins Search Operation Not Realizing He’s the One Missing
World’s Oldest Rhino Dies in Italian Zoo at 54 Years Old
Meet Quilty – Cat Escape Artist Helping Other Cats Jailbreak
Fans Use American Flag to Save Falling Cat During Football Game in Miami
TikToker Shares How She Tricked Invaders Who Tried Opening The Hotel Door While She Was Alone
Man Iced Neighbor Who Repeatedly Asked Him “When Are You Getting Married?”
Do You Live in One of These 15 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women on Earth?
The Secret Meaning of Anklets And Why Some Wives Wear Them
Waking Up Between 3 to 5 AM Could Mean You’re Experiencing Spiritual Awakening
Divorced Man Wrote 20 Epic Marriage Advice He Wished He Could Have Had
Haunting Photos of Two Tourists Snapped Just Before They Mysteriously Disappeared
“Chastity Cages” is the Latest Thing for Men
Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods
Some Stranger Padlocked This Guy’s Earlobe And Ran Away With The Key
Three-Month-Old Baby Left Blind in One Eye After Family Friend Took His Picture