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What’s the World’s Most Littered Plastic Item? Cigarette Butts | National Geographic ctm magazine

Cigarette filters are the “last acceptable form of littering,” but there are solutions that can help our health and planet.
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Cigarette filters are made of a plastic called cellulose acetate. When tossed into the environment, they dump not only plastic, but also the nicotine, heavy metals, and many other chemicals they’ve absorbed into waterways, and eventually oceans. But, there are solutions that can help our health and our planet.

Read more in “Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned?”

What’s the World’s Most Littered Plastic Item? Cigarette Butts | National Geographic

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  • National Geographic on August 13, 2019

    Trillions of cigarette butts are thrown into the environment every year, where they leach nicotine and heavy metals before turning into microplastic pollution. To learn more, you can read on here: https://on.natgeo.com/2MWWKW6

  • Dan Bee on March 7, 2020

    dont worry capitalism is always does the responsible thing…

  • punchy munchy on March 11, 2020

    smoking and littering is another question to be talked about

  • bob. on April 8, 2020

    some people here in Philippines are still smoking.😣

  • Pur Wanto on April 11, 2020


  • Malek on April 16, 2020

    I've stopped smoking due to Coronavirus.

  • K V on May 26, 2020

    just keep raising the tax on those stupid things. Problem will sort it self out.

  • von Xlll on June 2, 2020

    I have decided to quit smoking.

  • Janus Eusebio on June 5, 2020

    Please quit smoking before its too late this earth will suffer ☹

  • j t on June 16, 2020

    Children should smoke the double

  • Sophie Topham on October 5, 2020

    For anyone wanting to stop easy way by Allen Carr is great

  • Akimex nature on October 17, 2020

    I can't even believe how people become smokers in the first place.
    Its not a secret,that's terrible for your health, its expensive, its disgusting, and now on top of all that, find out it is a big pollutant..

  • Aris Artha13 on November 21, 2020

    the difficulties of living I Putu Aris Artha Wiguna living trapped on the small and unsophisticated island of Bali for 18 years make equality entitled to be protected on his return journey.

  • Lucia on November 23, 2020

    I've never smoke in my life… Fortunately I'm not a "slave" of a cigarette…

  • [٢٦/‏١ ٢:١٧ ص] عادل: قال الله تعالى(وَتَرَى الْجِبَالَ تَحْسَبُهَا جَامِدَةً وَهِيَ تَمُرُّ مَرَّ السَّحَابِ ۚ صُنْعَ اللَّهِ الَّذِي أَتْقَنَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ ۚ إِنَّهُ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَفْعَلُونَ ) الايه. مْتْقَنَ مْتْقَنَ مْتْقَنَ . زد يا الله أَتْقَانَ وشكرا يا الله "'.".

  • Moiga Papi on February 9, 2021

    Tiktok @ cigarettehunters

  • FRIUS - GAMING CLIPS & GAMEPLAY on March 14, 2021

    literal cancer spreading

  • Tony Bezanson on March 19, 2021

    Is it too hard to make a filter out of a biodegradable material

  • DrunkenPanda ! on June 10, 2021

    There people who have to clean up this stuff at store, when you start clean you start to know how tedious and how many there are I know I get paid because it’s one of my task as a restaurant cleaning captain but it’s no different from spilling you drink on purpose and it shouldn’t be a problem be the person is “paid” to clean just make people’s life easier.

  • Bro It’s Carlos ~ Real One on July 16, 2021

    Smoking is bad

  • feral dreams on July 18, 2021

    watching this while smoking one

  • Marinelli Bros Podcast on October 15, 2021

    Kent's had asbestos filters.

  • Gerardus Poppel on October 31, 2021

    and guess what all those tobacco plantations use in terms of water? and we could have grown food there too

  • IqLow on December 25, 2021

    I hate those butts.
    Thats why i did a challenge where i collected 1000 of them 🙂

  • Alexander Schindler on January 3, 2022

    Cigarette filters should be banned

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