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A Use for Cigarette Butts

This is an amazing discovery:

Jun Zhao, a Ph.D. student in the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, and a team of scientists found that cigarette butts can be put to good use. Their study, which is published in the American Chemical Society journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, shows that extracts of cigarette butts that have been submerged in water can help prevent steel from rusting.

Application of the cigarette material to N80, a type of steel, could save millions of dollars a year that oil industries spend on steel repair, the study says. The research suggests that nine chemicals in cigarette butts, including nicotine, work to inhibit corrosion.

Read the rest of the story in USA Today.

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Litter in Ireland

I read this morning that 45% of litter in Ireland is cigarette wastes. If smokers would dispose of their cigarettes properly, litter would drop dramatically there.

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Just Call Me the Butt Czar

I’m quoted in this story in The Tennessean about cigarette litter.

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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

I’ve been involved in a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program this summer. Here is a link to a story that ran in the Tennessean this morning.

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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

CigButts_1327Since becoming involved with Keep America Beautiful, I have started a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in Hillsboro Village. Today, I did the preliminary scan walking from the post office on Acklen to 21st to Belcourt and back to the post office on Acklen. I counted 400 plus cigarette butts on the sidewalks. Most were in front of Fido’s and Jackson’s. Fido’s has a cigarette ash receptacle in front of their coffee shop, but it was overflowing.

When I initially walked the area two weeks ago, I noticed that the cigarette ash receptacle was full.

My next step will be to talk with the restaurant and bar owners in the village to see if they will distribute portable cigarette ashtrays.

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