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A Review of Environmental Pollution from the Use and Disposal of Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes: Contaminants, Sources, and Impacts

A Review of Environmental Pollution from the Use and Disposal of Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes: Contaminants, Sources, and Impacts

Sustainability 2021, 13(23), DOI: 10.3390/su132312994; Published: 24 November 2021

A Review of Environmental Pollution from the Use and Disposal of Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes: Contaminants, Sources, and Impacts,” authored by Marc W. Beutel, Thomas C. Harmon, Thomas E. Novotny, and others, is an essential read for understanding the broader environmental consequences of cigarette and e-cigarette use. This review is notably relevant to the Green Wings Project as it delves into the environmental impact of electronic cigarettes, a primary focus of our organization’s recycling efforts.

The article, published in Sustainability, comprehensively discusses the less-known yet significant environmental pollution resulting from the use and disposal of both conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. It addresses a crucial gap in public awareness and understanding, highlighting how these products contribute to environmental contamination. The authors explore how cigarette butts and electronic cigarette components leach harmful contaminants into various ecosystems, affecting everything from microorganisms to mammals. This comprehensive overview aligns with Green Wings Project’s mission to mitigate the environmental impact of disposable electronic waste, particularly e-cigarettes, by promoting effective recycling and waste management practices.

In the review, the authors provide an in-depth analysis of the contaminants found in cigarette and e-cigarette waste, such as nicotine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals, and their impact on the environment. This analysis is particularly insightful for Green Wings Project, as it underscores the urgency of developing sustainable solutions for e-waste. The review also discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by the disposal and recycling of these products, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to manage this growing environmental concern.

Furthermore, the review highlights the toxicological effects of these contaminants on various forms of life, ranging from bacteria to mammals, and the resulting ecological implications. It also points out critical knowledge gaps that need to be addressed to fully understand and mitigate the environmental impacts of tobacco product waste. This aspect of the review is crucial for organizations like Green Wings Project, as it guides our efforts in advocating for better policies and practices in electronic waste management.

By shedding light on the environmental ramifications of cigarette and e-cigarette use and disposal, this article provides valuable insights for environmental researchers, policymakers, and organizations like Green Wings Project. It emphasizes the need for concerted efforts in addressing the environmental challenges posed by these products, aligning perfectly with our mission to promote sustainable practices in electronic waste recycling and disposal.

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About Green Wings Project:

Established in 2022, Green Wings Project is a non-profit organisation working with a charitable cause. We hope to promote, for the benefit of the public, the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment through promoting, identifying and advancing solutions for recycling, reuse and harmless disposal of disposable/single-use electronic products. Currently, we are running a focused initiative on disposable vape recycling.

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