I wondered why it could be they don't seem to care about the toxcity side of the problem. This attitude toward smoking and health related issues feels
like Big Tobacco.
Then I noticed the Board of Advisors section - be sure not to miss this. Two of them are lawyers and the other two have years of experience working in
the "big tobacco" industry (many major brands) and the filter manufacturing industries. It's no wonder they saw the oppertunity in this and a good way
to spin it.
Even the treehuggers love it though as noted here. Are they all confused?
So I emailed them asking about the toxicity leaching into the soil. How would the product negate this side effect? I am awaiting the reply.
I'll post an update in the thread if they email me back.
Surely they must know.. but no where on the website can you find mention of the toxicity from the tobacco smoke. They do not make any claims as to
the flter making smoking any healthier nor do they adreess the contents of the filter at all on the site. Did they think the cigarette was not going
to produce toxins simply because they use a natural filter? I wonder if that's what they want people to think.
Their problem is they didn't seek to solve all the problems cigarette butts have. They only cared about fixing one part. The mind boggling thing to
me is they have to Know they are making it super easy for these toxins to get into the soil now more than ever before. How could they not? It's So
Obvious. It's Unbelievable to think these folks actually cannot see a biodegradable filter will cause the toxins to leech into the soil faster and
Even Homer Simpson isn't that dense.
It's not like we are just now finding out filters contain toxins from the tobacco smoke - people have been screaming about it using EPA data to prove
it for many years. Here is an example from the year 2000. This data shows the toxicity levels that kill various marine life.
Cigarette Butts as Litter—Toxic as Well as Ugly
Cigarette butts are the most common type of litter on earth. Collected, they weigh in the millions of pounds. The toxic chemicals absorbed by
cigarettes' cellulose acetate filters and found in butts' remnant tobacco, are quickly leached from the butts by water.
The evidence indicates that the toxic chemicals leached from discarded cigarette butts present a biohazard to the water flea at concentrations of more
than 0.125 butts per liter, or about one butt per two gallons of water. The leachate from the remnant tobacco portion of a cigarette butt is deadlier
at smaller concentrations than are the chemicals that leach out of the filter portion of a butt.
Do we really need biodegradable filters that actually do the oppisite of the goal we are trying to reach here?
O.k. so now I've said a lot, you may be wondering if I have any answers? In fact, I do! (You may disagree)
Education is the Key. Cigarette filters are a toxic biohazard waste material that needs to be disposed of properly. Let's treat it as such.
I'd make littering even a single cigarette butt a heavy fine and post official Biohazard Waste Disposal Units just for cigarettes butts all over the
place replacing all normal ashtrays. In public places it would be mandatory that you use them instead of any other way. All Biohazard Waste Disposal
Units will be marked clearly as such even with a fancy Biohazard symbol. I imagine this can be set up much like the recycling bin program got started.
I guess that's something you need to get your friends and neighbors together for at the next town hall meeting and discuss the possibilities.
The idea is to slowly change the perception of the masses towards a new way of thinking about cigarette butts. Americans at least have changed their
minds about a great many things in a short number of years. We are more accepting of blacks, gays, Middle Eastereners and weed for example than we
were even 20 years ago.
Imagine if you woke up everyday for the next ten years and have to put your butt in an official Biohazard Waste Disposal Unit. You commonly witness
efforts to massively educate people on the dangers of toxins in cigarette filters as a biohazard waste product. It would not be long before you find
yourself not think it's strange at all. Like the recycling bins, people choose to start using them in their homes and contribute to the program.
People need to think of cigarette butts as something that is dangerous to have laying around. We need to associate spent butts the same way in our
minds with toxcity as we do for blood, animal feces, virus or bacteria. Even to the smokers.
So we lessen the impact on the environment - how do we dispose of them properly?
We can't just let them wind up at the dump. The filters must be disposed of by official methods of disposal for biohazardous waste materials, whatever
those may be in your area.
My solution may create jobs everywhere too.. that would be cool. Btw, the biodegradable cigarette butt isn't a bad idea in itself IF you can control
them to the point they do not wind up back in the environment. A biodegradable filter would be way easier on the eviornment if they are burned as part
of the disposal process as opposed to synthetic fibers filters are made with today. I don't know that they do that for biohazard waste but if so, I
wouldn't consider biodegradable butts until I were 100% sure they could be contained which would probably be when smoking tobacco is outlawed.
edit on 4-8-2014 by JohnPhoenix because: sp