Electronic Cigarettes -- A Greener Alternative
It is common knowledge that traditional cigarettes present an array of health risks. What often goes unmentioned about cigarette smoking, however, is the impact they are having on our environment. The butts left behind by a smoker are found on our streets, sidewalks, and just about anywhere you find people. The butts left behind by smokers take 18 months to 10 years to decompose.
The butts are not only an unsightly trash problem, but the chemicals found in the filters are leaving behind toxins. When cigarette butts get washed into storm drains they get washed into the ocean. The tar and toxins seep into the soil and affect the fish and birds that come in contact with them.
A greener alternative to cigarettes is choosing to use an electronic cigarette. Electronic cigarettes are re-usable and powered by rechargeable batteries. A single nicotine cartridge is often the equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes. Not only are electronic cigarettes better for the environment, they are better for the health of the user and the people surrounding them.
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