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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 Edinburgh

Fining litterers in Edinburgh is helping keep the streets cleaner per this story in the scotsman.com. I hope that they are giving fines to those who drop cigarette butts. That was a big problem I noticed when I visited there last September.

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Why Don’t People Pick Up After Themselves?

plasticrings_1408I could not believe the amount of litter I found today during my long run. Starting out, I found a group of condoms (I think unused. I did not get close enough to check.). Apparently a neighborhood teen has discovered condoms. I hope he or she knows how to use them if necessary.

Later, I found these plastic rings and picked them up on my return trip home. Plastic rings are very dangerous to wildlife.

As I was running along the Harpeth River, I followed a soccer ball floating in the middle of the river. From a distance, it appeared to be a nice one.

Unfortunately, these are not the only pieces of litter I saw on my eight-mile run. There were the usual cigarette butts, plastic bottles and plastic bags. Did I say that I was running through nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods?

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Why Don't People Pick Up After Themselves?

plasticrings_1408I could not believe the amount of litter I found today during my long run. Starting out, I found a group of condoms (I think unused. I did not get close enough to check.). Apparently a neighborhood teen has discovered condoms. I hope he or she knows how to use them if necessary.

Later, I found these plastic rings and picked them up on my return trip home. Plastic rings are very dangerous to wildlife.

As I was running along the Harpeth River, I followed a soccer ball floating in the middle of the river. From a distance, it appeared to be a nice one.

Unfortunately, these are not the only pieces of litter I saw on my eight-mile run. There were the usual cigarette butts, plastic bottles and plastic bags. Did I say that I was running through nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods?

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Pledge to stub out cigarette litter

Pledge to stub out cigarette litter–>NHS staff banned from smoking outside their offices have caused a stink by dropping cigarette ends on a public footpath.–>–>

Smokers on the pavement near the NHS offices

Smokers on the pavement near the NHS offices
Published Date:
30 January 2009 By Jenny Simpson NHS staff banned from smoking outside their offices have caused a stink by dropping cigarette ends on a public footpath.
Administrative employees at the Lancashire and South Cumbria Agency (LaSCA) offices in Caxton Road, Fulwood, have to cross the road every time they want a cigarette, because bosses banned smoking on NHS premises.

Smokers have now littered the pavement opposite their offices with dozens of discarded butts and a number of cigarette packets.

Last year, my recycling rage was directed at plastic bottles. This year, I’m going for butts, cigarette that is. Unfortunately, they are not recyclable. Just keep them off the roadways.

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Cigarette Butts are Litter

Here is a letter I saw on pantagraph.com. It’s written by a high school Beta Club member about litter left behind after the Extreme Makeover Home Edition folks had done their jobs:

It is no doubt that the people of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” do amazing things for families that need a miracle. But as a volunteer with my school’s Beta Club, I was disappointed with what I saw.

Our job was to pick up leftover trash in the area surrounding home, and we did our job. The majority of the trash that we saw in the neighborhood surrounding the newly built home was cigarette butts. By the end of the day, the smell of the cigarettes had soaked into my clothing.

I appreciate the hard work that was put into the project, but feel that the neighborhood deserved more respect. I understand that they need all the help they can find for projects as large and time consuming as building a house. However, I believe that a designated smoking area would be better for their cause.

Elizabeth Sydney

Mackinaw

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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

While this blog primarily points out the ugliness of litter, I try to promote its prevention, too. The day I photographed this cigarette butt on the side of the street, I found at least a dozen butts within a tenth of a mile. And this is a residential street, where children feel safe enough to ride their bicycles and skateboards.

Cigarette butts and smoking have always bothered me. I remember the blue fog that engulfed our living room as a child, as Daddy puffed the evening away and watched television.

In college, I decided to take up smoking during a dorm drinkfest. I bought a pack of cigarettes, which took me two weeks to finish. I detested the smell on my fingers and body. I had tried the cigs as a child either sampling a butt or stealing a cigarette out of a pack Daddy left at home. Fortunately, I hated it and never developed the habit.

Recently at the Keep America Beautiful affiliates conference in Atlanta, I learned about the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program from Bronwen Evans, a program manager for KAB.

Since cigarette smoking has been banned from most public buildings (YEAH!), more butts are being tossed on the ground. The KAB encourages businesses to put butt disposal receptacles in front of their businesses. When a neighborhood or downtown area has receptacles, the number of butts carelessly tossed on the streets is reduced.

I can’t decide if I like the items at left or not. These are portable cigarette ashtrays that the KAB hands out to smokers. I hope smokers use them. About the size of a child’s change purse, the ashtray should hold two or three butts.

I’m going to take the two that I brought back from the conference and give them to smokers in the office building where I work. The official smoking area is on Parking Level Seven, a place I’ve never before ventured. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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