An article published in April by National Geographic News looks at traditional and electronic cigarettes from a fresh angle – harm to the environment.
As a former smoker I’m proud to say that I never threw cigarette butts on the ground, but plenty of smokers have and still do litter in this way. According to the article, a single butt can take up to 10 years to decompose in some cases. Cigarette litter eventually ends up in the public waterways and oceans leaching toxic chemicals.
By comparison, ecigs are far less wasteful since cartomizers and atomizers can be refilled/reused, and even when disposed of are lacking the toxic chemical additives found in cigarettes. Cigarettes are single use products and create far more waste than their electronic counterparts. The vapor emitted by ecigs is also less harmful than secondhand smoke, in fact secondhand vapor has not been proven to be damaging to the environment or bystanders at all.
If you’ve switched from smoking to vaping you should be proud of that choice. It’s cheaper, likely quite healthier, smells better, tastes better, and is better for the environment and those around us!