Researchers in the UK want to ban cigarette filters. The filters they call a major source of plastic pollution that is ineffective and has been linked to increased cancer rates. They are of no use to society.
Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and San Diego State University applied to the British Medical Journal for an EU-wide ban on cigarette filters. In an editorial titled “No More Butts,” researchers said filters were made by cigarette companies to create an illusion of safety.
And now they want the filters to be banned to reduce plastic pollution. Cigarette butts are made of cellulose acetate, a non-biodegradable plastic. 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are polluted every year. This corresponds to a million tons of plastic by weight.
“Although the cellulose acetate filter is the most commonly collected waste in the world, industry has largely managed to avoid public outrage about plastic waste. In contrast to manufacturers of other environmentally harmful waste products after consumption, such as For example, refrigerators containing fluorocarbons have never been held responsible for the cost of the waste they generate, ”they wrote in the paper.
The government responded, highlighting their environmental law as evidence of their stance on plastic waste. Plastic pollution invades landfills, oceans, and public spaces. Governments and companies are working to stop plastic at its source and eliminate what is already in the environment.
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