Cigarettes are a major negative force on the environment, and according to data found on Earth911.com, they are the most littered item on earth. This statistic should not surprise anyone, as they are commonly found everywhere, constituting 38% of all the world’s litter.
Cigarette butts are not biodegradable, and they have the ill consequences of usually reaching water supplies. When this happens, because of water saturation, all the chemicals that have been locked inside the filter unfortunately get released. These chemicals do not belong in water supplies, as they are a threat to the animals that come into contact with them. Birds and other aquatic animals that mistake the butts for food continuously end up poisoned, or with these foreign objects stuck in their systems.
One rather overwhelming thought is that one pound of cigarette butts comes out to around 2,000 of them, and throughout the world, more than 2 billion butts get discarded, a large number of which end up in the environment, not in proper disposal areas.
Where electronic cigarettes play a vital role in this phenomenon, as they dramatically reduce the number of cigarette butts to none. They are very reusable products, and encourage recycling in many ways. Cartridges are changed, yes discarded when through, but a single cartridge lasts about the length of about 2 cigarette packs, or 40 cigarettes. They are also recyclable, and customers are much less inclined to be flinging used cartridges to the ground when finished with them.
As the “green” debate wages on, there are those who say that electronic cigarettes still own their share of environmental shame, because they are still manufactured items, therefore they still do contribute to factory pollution. But factory space is factory space, and one way or another, plenty of “green” items are still being manufactured. Meanwhile, there is no argument that can negate the fact that vapor smoking does not cause the same amount of pollution as traditional cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are reducing, encouraging reusing, and entirely all about recycling. There is a footprint, no doubt, but it is much lesser than that which is caused by smoking traditional cigarettes. Try them today, to see how they can help you to live a little greener.