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Cigarette smoke pollution: what impact do cigarettes have on the environment? And on the air we breathe? All information on indoor and outdoor pollution caused by cigarettes.
Analysis and dStatistical data on the pollution caused by cigarette smoke and what impact this gas has on the environment in which we live.
Cigarettes pollute the air and water
L'cigarette smoke pollutionit is far too underestimated! In fact, thecigarette smokepollutesthe environment in direct and indirect form. The direct form is the one we all intuit: a user smokes and releases the gas from the cigarette combustion into the atmosphere. The indirect form is more complex and even more harmful: most of the combustion gases are retained in the cigarette filter, in the so-called “butt”. When a user throws his butt on the street, he not only throws away a plastic cylinder but also a small safe of harmful agents. The butts, coming into contact with water, release all the toxic substances contained in processed tobacco into the environment and thus, in addition to polluting the air, cigarettes are a very harmful source of water pollution.
What is cigarette smoke made of?
Thecigarette smokeit consists of gas and suspended particles, a gaseous mixture that contains more than 4000 chemical substances, classified, depending on the substance, as irritating, harmful, toxic, mutagenic or carcinogenic.
Of these 4,000 substances, 50 are listed among those with the highest health risk, classified as carcinogenic. Among the carcinogenic substances contained in thecigarette smokewe mention phenol, formaldehyde and benzopyrene. Cigarette smoke contains heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and cadmium, also considered carcinogens for human health. Other toxic substances contained in thecigarette smokethey are benzene, toluene, acetone, hydrogen cyanide, nitrates and acetaldehyde.
When we smoke a cigarette or inhale secondhand smoke, we breathe and release substances used in the cultivation of tobacco and in the manufacturing industry that leads to the production of cigarettes into the environment. Among these substances we mention a large abundance of butane, ammonia and other residues of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides.
Cigarette smoke pollution
A scientific study based on the heavy metal content in cigarette butts has highlighted a puzzling truth: the heavy metals contained in cigarette butts can be regarded asprimary pollutants of drinking water. The study, published in 2009 by the researcherJessica Moerman It is entitled "Not Just an Eyesore: Analysis of Metals Leached from Smoked Cigarette Litter"Focused mainly on metals such as cadmium, chromium, lead, strontium, titanium, manganese and barium. That is, only a few of the many pollutants present in the cigarette filter.
Indoor pollution from cigarette smoke
Despite the social alert about the damage caused by thecigarette smoke, there are many users who smoke both in public environments and within the four walls of the home. Thecigarette smokeis among the main sources ofindoor pollution.
In closed environments such as the home, the cigarette smoke can create very high concentrations of fine dust, up to 100 times higher than the legal limits allowed for the external environment. To protect the home from sources ofindoor pollutionwe recommend that you read the article dedicated to remedies forpurify the air of the house.
The pollutants released in homes by cigarette smoke are much lower than those present in the environment. In the home, the cigarette butt is properly disposed of so the heavy metals and other pollutants trapped in the filter do not end up dispersing in the house, however, cigarette smoke continues to be harmful.
The pollutants released in the home with cigarette smoke are carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (voc) and respirable particles. Thetobacco smokeit is a very complex mixture that can also vary over time, the compounds can react in different ways and the base to other gaseous substances present in the house giving life to further harmful substances. Many of the compounds released by thecigarette smokeas a source ofindoor pollution, are irritating, toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic. We recommend reading our article How to quit smoking.
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