Discarded and soiled cigarette butts can inhibit the development of plants according to a new British study.
A study conducted by the University of Ruskin in England found that the presence of clods in the soil reduced the chances of germination of clover by 27 percent and that of stalk length by 28 percent – the BBC news portal.
In the case of grass, the previous 10, the latter was 13 percent smaller.
It is estimated that 4.5 thousand billion bullets are thrown out every year in the world, the most widespread plastic grain.
Most butts contain a biofuel, cellulose acetate fiber filter.
Researchers have found that the filter of non-absorbed cigarettes has almost the same effect on plant life as the filters used, suggesting that the damage is caused by the filter itself, without the toxins from the burning of tobacco.
As part of the research published in the latest issue of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, scientists gathered samples from areas around Cambridge and found that up to 128 bits per square meter could be found.
Dannielle Green, a biologist at the head of research, said that although the sight of discarded butts is commonplace, they are the first study to investigate how plant life is affected by the remnants of cigarettes.
“We have found that it reduces the chances of clover and grass germination, shortens the length of the stem, reduces the weight of the clover root by more than half,” the scientist said.
“The two investigated plants, the grass of the grass and the white here are important feeds, but they are common in urban parks, green areas as well.
The decomposition of the filter may take up to a decade.
The co-author of the study, Bas Boots, added that while further research is needed, we believe that damage to the chemical composition of the filter can be attributed.
“Biopharmaceuticals make the filter more flexible, they can be washed out into the soil and damage plant life at the outset,” he explained.