With the threat of a cigarette filter ban, smokers are in for a big change.
New laws being considered by the government to reduce plastic pollution are expected to have a significant impact on consumers, potentially driving prices up to save the environment.
Cigarette smokers will see significant changes as a result of new environmentally friendly regulations.
Several common disposable plastic items, such as single-use coffee cups, wet wipes, and cigarette filters, will be phased out, according to government ministers.
Traditional cigarette filters contain cellulose acetate, a type of plastic.
When cigarette butts are discarded, the plastic, as well as the toxic nicotine, heavy metals, and other chemicals they have absorbed, end up in rivers and landfills.
The poisons found in cigarette butts, in particular, pose a serious threat to plants.
If cigarette manufacturers need to replace existing filter technology, the cost of that research will almost certainly be passed on to cigarette smokers in the form of price increases.
The government intends to “wage war” on plastic pollution, according to Environment Secretary George Eustice, and tobacco companies are among the parties expected to be consulted in a plastic pollution consultation.
“Plastic pollutes our environment and kills animals,” he said.
“It’s past time we put an end to our throwaway culture.”
These new plans are a significant step forward in the fight to eliminate the use of harmful plastics.”
In England alone, over a billion disposable plastic plates and 4.25 billion single-use cutlery are used each year, with only about 10% of them making it to recycling plants.
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Mr. Eustice explained that plastic litter harms the environment and puts wildlife in danger.
He declared, “This Government has waged war on unnecessary, wasteful plastics.”
“We’ve banned the sale of plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds, and our carrier bag fee has reduced consumption in major supermarkets by 95%.”
According to researchers, over a million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die each year as a result of swallowing or becoming tangled in plastic waste.
Marcus Gover, CEO of the waste reduction charity Wrap, applauded the government’s decision.
“Now we need regulation to ensure that all businesses take steps to eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastic,” he said.