The Most Littered Item in the World: Cigarettes

cigarette-butts-2As if you needed another reason to drop the cigarettes for good, recent news tells us that cigarettes are the world’s most polluted item. And there’s a lot of pollution in this big wide world of ours! Electronic cigarettes are the more environmental choice for tons of reasons, and when you consider that it’s the responsibility of every person to keep this planet clean, it’s one more (really good) reason to make the switch to alternative smoking options.

Perhaps the problem with cigarettes is, is that they are just too easy to drop on the ground when they’re finished being smoked. Maybe the smokers who drop them just assume because they are so small, it doesn’t really matter. Sure, they’re tiny, insignificant, finished, seemingly made of paper that may biodegrade, but in reality they are anything but!

Cigarette butts are loaded with toxins, the filters are made of additional chemicals that do not actually biodegrade, and when they hit the ground, they unleash all of these chemicals into the environment where they are tossed. Lovely, isn’t it?

When cigarette butts are left laying around, floating in bodies of water, and piled into the ground, they are a constant target of wildlife. Fish, marine mammals and birds typically mistake them for food and eat them, with often ill consequences.

While it may seem like pollution isn’t that big of a problem, it is on a global scale. Cigarettes belong trash bins when they are done; nowhere else, no exceptions. As casually acceptable as some smokers find discarding their cigarettes this way to be, it isn’t.

If you’re looking for a better way to smoke, and to avoid being a part of this massive environmental problem, consider electric cigarettes. They are very much reusable for a long period of time. The cartridges and liquids used in them usually go a long distance, much farther than a single pack of cigarettes. Because cartridges are made of plastic or metal of some sort, they are much easier to toss in a receptacle, as opposed to on the ground somewhere; most people will not be changing their cartridges in such casual settings anyway. They accumulate less waste overall, promote recycling for disposal, and they encourage users to use a single product for a longer period of time instead of constant (often irresponsible) disposal.

Looking to make the switch to electronic cigarettes now? Check out our e-cigarette starter kits; there’s no better place to start!

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