Of all the reasons to turn to electronic cigarettes, one of the very best besides your health, is the environment. Did you know that cigarette butt pollution is the world’s largest source of ground pollution? In addition to that, growing tobacco is an extremely toxic process, due to the amount of chemicals and radioactive fertilizer that are used.
Switching to electronic cigarettes on the half of the environment is one of the best things you can do as a smoker. Cigarette butts end up everywhere. For some reason, smokers can be rather careless about where they toss them, after smoking simply flicking them to the ground seems convenient. This is such an unfortunate occurrence, though it is a global reality. However this seemingly small action has a long-term, lasting, and toxic effect, because cigarette butts are not designed to disintegrate easily.
Butts are comprised of a vast array of non-biodegradable materials (including fiberglass), they’re loaded with chemicals, and they can take many decades to break down. As they decompose, they leach these chemicals into the environment, creating an ongoing trail of toxins, polluting bodies of water and the earth as it occurs.
All the while, they are a threat to wildlife because they resemble items of food. In turn, they end up in the digestive systems of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, and marine animals, often killing them, because they can be a choking hazard, or an indigestible item, creating a blockage.
As an alternative, electronic cigarettes offer a practical ecological option because they are a reusable item, and one that does not produce a constant, endless stream of trash. When disposed, they are not easily tossed to the ground and forgotten, they can be recycled, and they are made to last a long while. If using standard e-cigarettes, a helpful comparison to keep in mind that a single cartomizer is equivalent to approximately 40 traditional cigarettes! That cuts back on quite a significant amount of waste!
Surely, there is a great sense of responsibility in either choice, whether you are a smoker or a vaper, regarding how you go about your commitment to disposing of your trash, however simply choosing electronic over analog can help choose the environmental option by halting the treadmill production of trash.