Cigarette Butts and Our Environment

Cigarettes butts

Did you know that there are approximate 7 billion of cigarette butts are discarded each year? The following case study will discuss about the issue of discarding cigarette butts and how have the problem been resolved.

What are cigarette butts made of ?


Majority of cigarette butts or filters are made from fibrous material called cellulose acetates, a kind of plastic that are thin tows that are packed tightly to form a filter. The purpose of the filter is to trap toxic substances from the cigarette before it enters the smoker’s lung.

Even tough cigarette butts are supposed to make cigarettes safer, but because different company uses different ingredients it has a different effect. For example in 1950, the substance asbestos was used to make filter, however it was later found out that it’s even harmful than unfiltered cigarettes.Each butt contains the remnants of tobacco, paper and a filter. The residue in the butts contains toxic and soluble chemicals. These chemicals are can cause deadly affects to the environmental pollution. 

Where is cigarette butts different from paper

  • Cigarette butts are made of cellulose acetate(a kind of plastic)

    • It can’t be recycled
    • Its extremely slow to degrade
    • Ranging from 2 months – 8 years to biodegrade
    • It undergoes chemical changes as they are decomposed
    • It leaches toxic chemicals into the environment if they are in contact with water 
    • These reaction processes are harmful to humans 

Why do people litter ?

PictureMost common littered items in Victoria in 2013

The Graph on the left shows the most common type of litters in Victoria. Based on the graph, it illustrates that cigarette butts consist the highest percentage of litter in Australia.
From the graph, it shows a pattern of most common litters in Victoria. Most of the littered items are usually food or beverage wrap. The reason for this can be because the they are light and people aren’t bothered to look for a bin. This can be a bad affect to the environment.

As for cigarette butts, they make up the highest percentage in the graph. Another common reasons from the smokers are that they think cigarette butts are just like paper, that will eventually end up somewhere being recycled. Sadly, this is not the case.

There could be other possible reasons for littering such as:


  • People can’t be bothered or too lazy to find a bin
  • People have no sense of pride in their community
  • The bins are not suitable for disposing cigarette butts
  • It’s not cool to use a bin
  • There is a lack of education / poor parenting of young people
  • If an area is already dirty, why bother to look for a bin?
  • People do not  know about  the  consequences of littering

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Did You Know There Is Radiation in Cigarettes?

Yes unfortunately there is!

Just dont let me blog about it, check out these top3 articles , confirming that this deadly habit exists…

2 Packets per day = equivalent of 1 Chest X-ray!

Cigarettes as radioactive as x-rays

When I was a medical doctor in the hospital system, every now and then I needed to get a chest x-ray on a patient who was also a cigarette smoker.

Quite often, they would get nervous about the potential radiation damage from a chest x-ray. But when I told them that two packets of cigarettes gave them the same radiation dose as a chest x-ray, they would not believe me.

This raises two questions. First, how did a radioactive metal get into their cigarettes? And second, why did they not believe me?


Cigarette Smoking and Radiation

Man Smoking a Cigarette

CDC estimates that cigarettes and tobacco use kill more Americans each year than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined. Most people know that cigarette smoke and tobacco contain many toxic substances including tar, arsenic, nicotine and cyanide.

The common dangers of cigarettes have been known for decades. However, few people know that tobacco also contains radioactive materials: polonium-210 and lead-210. Together, the toxic and radioactive substances in cigarettes harm smokers. They also harm people exposed to secondhand smoke. For more information on secondhand smoke, please see the CDC website, Smoking and Tobacco Use.


Cigarette smoke has been called many things – smelly, dangerous and cancer-causing for a start. But radioactive? Yes, that too. Tobacco smoke contains a radioactive chemical element called polonium-210. It’s the same substance that poisoned the Russian Alexander Litvinenko in London two years ago.

Now, a new study reported in the Independent and to be published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that tobacco companies have known about the danger of polonium in cigarette smoke for over 40 years. Monique Muggli, who led the review, examined over 1,500 internal documents from tobacco companies. Most of these have never been published and were made available through legal action.


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5 Top Reasons to Quit Smoking

why-you-should-quit-smoking-6-638 Whats-in-a-CigaretteBy Dennis Thompson Jr. | Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

Why should you stop smoking?

That’s the question that kicks off every attempt at smoking cessation.

Here are five overwhelming reasons to quit smoking for good.

1.You’ll Live Longer if You Quit Smoking

To quit smoking is to literally gain a new lease on life. “There’s no single thing you can do to your body on a regular basis that’s as negative as smoking,” says Thomas Glynn, PhD, director of cancer science and trends and international cancer control for the American Cancer Society. “The Surgeon General said it causes damage to nearly every organ in your body.”

About half of all smokers who continue with their habit will die of a smoking-related disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer is the biggie, of course; smoking is linked to 15 forms of cancer. Then there’s lung disease, heart disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life due to smoking, while female smokers lose an average of 14.5 years of life.

Don’t fall for the old dodge that it’s too late to quit smoking because “the damage is already done.” “There’s a lot of data to suggest that quitting at any age is positive for your health,” Glynn says. People who quit smoking at age 50 cut their odds of dying during the next 15 years in half.
2.You’ll Be Protecting Family and Friends if You Quit Smoking

Smokers aren’t just taking themselves down. They’re also harming everyone exposed to their smoke.

Says Glynn, “Secondhand smoke kills about 50,000 people a year and sickens many more, particularly children.” In fact, a recent study found that pregnant women who live or work with smokers had a higher risk of stillbirth than those who weren’t in close contact with smokers, suggesting that exposure to tobacco smoke can harm even unborn babies. Experts speculate that the chemicals in cigarettes may harm the fetus by restricting blood flow and possibly damaging the placenta.

Secondhand smoke contains all the same carcinogens found in the smoke that’s been inhaled into your lungs. Infants and children in smokers’ homes suffer more colds, bronchitis, ear infections, and other lung and breathing problems than kids in smoke-free homes.
3. Your Body Can Start to Repair Itself When You Quit Smoking

Your body starts repairing itself within hours after that last cigarette. “You start getting your strength back within a week to 10 days after you quit,” Glyn says. “You also get back your sense of smell and taste. ” Your heart rate and blood pressure drops almost immediately, and within weeks your circulation and ability to breathe improve dramatically.


4. You’ll also look better.

Smoking prematurely ages the skin, causing wrinkles. Smoking stains your teeth, fingers, and fingernails, and causes bad breath.
People Will Like You More if You Quit Smoking

Smoking is much less socially acceptable these days. Nearly all workplaces ban smoking from buildings. Some landlords don’t rent to smokers, due to higher maintenance costs and more expensive insurance rates. Most public events are now smoke-free, and more states and communities are enacting laws to ban smoking from all indoor public places, including bars and restaurants.

A survey of current and former New York City smokers found that 81 percent agreed that most folks wouldn’t hire a smoker to care for their children, 72 percent thought non-smokers would be reluctant to date a smoker, and 39 percent believe most people think less of smokers.

5. You’ll Be Saving Money ; Smoking is a very expensive habit.

“The average smoker spends about $2,500 -$5,000 a year on tobacco use,” Glynn says. Just add up all the money you’re spending on a day’s worth of smokes, then multiply that by 365 (Free Calculator here) . Don’t forget to figure in higher health and life insurance rates, as well as higher health care costs down the line when your habit catches up with you.

Your health, your family, your finances — what reason could you possibly have not to quit?




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Brian Lee – Testimonial & Personal Experience

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At one stage of the session, I felt like Julie Andrews, floating across beautiful green fields, feeling good about my life with renewed happiness.

I am now looking forward to spending more time with my friends & family and not being a “slave to cigars anymore”

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Hypnosis is so powerful that it often is used to get rid of unwanted habits especially smoking.

Take for example, the case of the famous TV host Ellen DeGeneres.

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Having smoked since she was a teenager, Ellen took up hypnosis therapy to kick start her new life as a non-smoker. That’s the power of hypnosis. Now, Ellen uses both meditation and hypnosis to take charge of her life.

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