Study shows that dropped cigarette butts harm the environment

A study led by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge England, published in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, has found that a cigarette butt can cut down the germination or development of plants.

Corresponding author at the Department of Biology at Anglia Ruskin University Dannielle Green explains the extent of the problem.

Cigarette butts are actually the most abundant form of litter found in clean-ups, I think it is the misconceptions of smokers thinking they are biodegradable.

Dannielle Green, Corresponding author at the Department of Biology - Anglia Ruskin University

We found that even the unsmoked filters, so just the plastic itself, actually reduced the germination of common plants, grass and clover.

Dannielle Green, Corresponding author at the Department of Biology - Anglia Ruskin University

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