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Tobacco Environ 0611 Temp

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Published by Leslie Rolander
The Legacy study details the impact of tobacco on the environment.
The Legacy study details the impact of tobacco on the environment.

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Published by: Leslie Rolander on Apr 24, 2012
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THEIMPACTOFTOBACCOONTHEENVIRONMENT
LEGAC'l
FORLONGERHEALTHIERLIVES
CigarettesasLitter
In2007,360billioncigaretteswereconsumedintheUnitedStates[U.S.].1Cigarettebutts,theplasticfilterandremnantsofsmokedcigarettes,arediscardedinnaturalenvironments,streets,sidewalks,andotherpublicareas.Someofthesebuttsmaythenbecarriedasrunofftodrains,makingtheirwaytoriversandultimatelytooceansand
beaches."
oCigarettefiltersaremadefromcelluloseacetate,aplasticwhichistechnicallybiodegradable.However,cigarettebuttsonlybiodegradeunderconditionsdescribedbyresearchersas"severebiologicalcircumstances"suchaswhenfiltersendupinsewage.Evenintheseconditions,celluloseacetatefiltersareslowtodisappearwiththemostoptimisticestimateat9rnonths.>'oInpractice,cigarettebuttstossedonstreetsandbeachesdonotbiodegrade.Thesunmaybreakdownlitteredbutts,butonlyintosmallerpiecesofwastewhichbecomedilutedinwaterorsoil.
2,5,6
OnLand
Multiplelitterstudiesshowthatwhencountinglitteronaper-itembasis,cigarettesandcigarettebuttsarethenumberonelittereditemonU.S.roadways.'oKeepAmericaBeautifulreportsthatin2009,tobaccoproducts-primarilycigarettebutts-comprisednearly38%ofallcollectedlitteritemsfromroadwaysandstreets.'KeepAmericaBeautifulalsofoundthatcigarettebuttswerethemostcommonlitteritemcollectedatfiveofsixnon-roadwaysites,including:retailareas,stormdrains,loadingdocks,constructionsites,andrecreational
areas."
Cigarettewasteishighlyconcentratedaroundbusinesseswherecigarettesaresoldand
consumed."
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