Do we all know the ill-effects of cigarette???

      The world seems to be concerned only about the effects of smoking on human both active and passive smoking.

Did you know that the remnants of a cigarette (what we call as the butt or bud) leave a dreading effect on the world? Besides just humans, animals, soil and water are affected in ways we could not imagine.

Not-so-fun facts

1. Reportedly, 1312796 pounds of toxic waste was disposed of cigarette butts in a study conducted in the USA.

2. About 4.5 trillion cigarettes are smoked each year among which 3/4th of the cigarette butts have been disposed on the streets, beaches, fields, etc making cigarette butts the most littered item.

3. These butts can leach a number of toxic chemicals namely arsenic, lead, hydrocarbons which find their way into underground water polluting it.

Just Imagine The Catastrophe... Cigarette Butts Can Cause


The cigarette butts discarded in the field can change the soil§Ó??s composition. This could make the field unfertile which in-turn will reduce crop production. A study conducted on a commonly littered field showed that the hydrocarbon level in the soil was equivalent to that in cigarettes. On consumption of such crops, the effects on humans and livestock will be endangering.


There are many cases of cigarette butt ingestion by children aged < or = 6 years. The butt of a cigarette actually traps almost 20milligrams of nicotine which if ingested is enough to kill your child or at least cause respiratory failure and paralysis.


When animals and birds come into contact with cigarette butts, there also high chances of ingestion. In such cases, due to the toxic chemicals present in it, many cases of sickness and death have been reported all over the world.


A study conducted in the laboratory revealed that when a single cigarette butt is soaked in 1litre of water for over 24hrs, the toxins released by it can kill 50% of the fish exposed to it in jus 96hrs. Also, it has been found that cigarette butts are the major source of heavy metal contamination in water which in-turns affect aquatic life and humans.