Forgotten poison: How cigarettes hurt the environment.
The growing and harvesting of tobacco poses health risks to tobacco workers and causes damage to the environment. But the production stage of cigarettes also causes widespread harm to both. It seems incredible that something as small as a cigarette butt can cause so much damage. And on its journey to its eventual demise, a cigarette butt can leave a treacherous wake. When left soaking in bodies of water like rivers, lakes and the ocean, cigarette butts produce substances called leachates, which creates what can only be called toxic sludge.