Singapore, As sweet as cotton candy, children are often curious to chew or lick butt’s father or brother. Although not the butt of the former, this practice should not be allowed because the chemicals in it can poison children.
Health experts from the State University of San Diego, Prof Thomas E Novotny, MD, MPH said in many cases in the United States, children are often used to chew butts out of curiosity to taste sweet. Because the function is to filter toxins, it is definitely a lot of butts used poison.
“Many studies indicate the presence of intoxication (poisoning) in children who chew nicotine cigarettes. But make no mistake it is, not all so sick but the risk does exist,” says Prof. Novotny when met after a series of panel discussions in the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore’s Suntec Convention Center.
Prof. Novotny example given was a bit extreme, because the former must be dirty cigarette butts and of course the children will also feel disgusted. But if the stump is still new, it’s not a few children who have parents never smokers and cigarette filter was curious to taste the tobacco has not been burned.
Although cleared of nicotine because it has not used to filter or filter, butts are still able to endanger the health of anyone who suck. Professor Novotny said, a kind of plastic and cellulosic materials used to make cigarette filters in certain levels can cause poisoning, depending on the immune system respectively.
According to Prof. Novotny, a chemical used to make filter or cigarette butts are not only harmful to human health but also the environment. In addition to naturally difficult to disentangle, the accumulation of cigarette butts contain toxins that can contaminate water and soil and enter the food chain.
According to Prof. Novotny, cigarette butts are also a type of waste is the most widely collected in coastal and urban landfills around the world since 1996. No wonder, because every year there are 5.5 trillion cigarette butts burned and thrown into ditches and 4.95 trillion of which is a cigarette filter.
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