Globally, tobacco is one of the products that has the best market. Yes, it is curious that this is so. Very despite the fact that cigarettes have always been known to be really harmful to human health. Not even the warnings that are placed on cigarette cases seem to have an effect.
When was the last time you had a cigarette case in your hands? Did you get horrified to see the image of lungs destroyed by the effect of tobacco? Not even those images are enough to alert consumers about the harmful effect of tobacco on human health.
Despite these campaigns in favor of health by the tobacco companies themselves, the industry remains. But, now, companies in this sector could be about to face a revolution regarding the marketing of cigarettes. Can you imagine that a new generation of cigarettes arrives without its traditional filter?
An investigation led by American and British scientists
Well that’s what a group of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom are proposing. Why? What would be the reason that would allow the establishment of similar legislation? The underlying issue behind this possible legislation lies in the level of contamination that the filters are producing. It is estimated that annually there are billions of cigarette butts that are thrown to the ground by consumers.
If legislation is passed that annuls the production of cigarettes with filters, an enormous step would be taken to eradicate global pollution. Many of the filters that are consumed in coastal areas end at sea. And this represents an ecological damage almost as certain to what plastic waste supposes.
According to San Diego State University in the United States, in association with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, the filter is one of the parts of the cigarette that have the least effect. According to the scientists’ point of view, this filter is located to reduce the cost of the product and generate the illusion that the consumer has more tobacco.
The filters are developed in cellulose acetate
That is, the filter represents a section that should contain part of the tobacco. In addition, it is justified that its raison d’être is to allow a better consumption of tobacco and favor the usability of cigarettes. According to researcher Thomas Novotny, none of this is true.
What is true is that the filter is usually developed by a bioplastic category. Its specific name is cellulose acetate, so in essence, this industry contributes to the plastic pollution currently facing the planet. So after consuming a cigarette, the filter becomes a product that will take many years to break down.
Throwing cigarette butts generates a kind of pollution that often goes unnoticed. But if you go out to the street right now, it is likely that in a range of one hundred meters you will get to count a large number of cigarette butts. To this we must add that in many cases, these filters prevent the growth of certain plants.
The filter was born in the 1950s
Or, they accumulate and accumulate, until they become floating islands of sewers and rivers. It is estimated that the degradation of a single cigarette butt may take at least a decade. Under certain conditions the filters degrade very easily. But most of the time not.
The investigators in charge, affirm that the birth of the filter happened as a result of a lie. Its origin dates from the decade of the 50s. The justification for its existence was based on the fact that the filter becomes a perfect solution to absorb the level of tar from nicotine, thus avoiding lung cancer.
It is an argument that is actually a myth, thinking of justifying a better use of the tobacco resource. In the end, it is less expensive to add a filter, than to fill those few centimeters in tobacco in the entire cigarette.
It would be a solution that would contribute to the planet
What the team of scientists in charge proposes is to generate a law that establishes the complete withdrawal of filters, as the European Union intends to carry out by the year 2021 to withdraw a large number of plastic products.
Is it possible for tobacco companies to take advantage of this new strategy? This would be legislation that would forever change the tobacco industry, as well as the way in which consumers approach this product. We should wait to see if the weight of government institutions is reluctant enough to face the power of this industry.