Category: Filters

Taken to the cleaners

Taken to the cleaners

| June 15, 2018

It was inevitable that tobacco manufacturers, which have allowed themselves to become sitting ducks in respect of litter, would be targeted by those with concerns for the environment.

Read More

Grime and punishment

Grime and punishment

| May 1, 2018

One way to fill up your jails is to incarcerate people for minor offences, such as dropping litter, including cigarette butts.

Read More

Passing the butt

Passing the butt

| April 26, 2018

If civic-minded citizens didn’t pay for the costs created by those less civic-minded, there would be no tobacco-company donations to the EU for fighting the illegal trade – and no prisons.

Read More

Pitching up for litter

Pitching up for litter

| April 26, 2018

In New Zealand, the amount of litter is measured by the number of rugby pitches it would cover – an image that most locals would find too distressing to contemplate.

Read More

Butts into compost

Butts into compost

| March 28, 2018

There is not much detail in a story from South Korea about a process under trial that promises to turn cigarette butts into compost, but, if it proves viable, it could be a game-changer.

Read More

Road to recycling

Road to recycling

| March 19, 2018

Researching what can be done with the huge quantity of cigarette butts discarded each year is a road well-traveled.

Read More

Evidence is full of holes

Evidence is full of holes

| March 9, 2018

Long ago, tobacco manufacturers were charged with and found guilty of misleading smokers about ‘light’ cigarettes. Now, a little late, scientists are looking for the evidence.

Read More

‘Filtergate’ question raised

‘Filtergate’ question raised

| March 1, 2018

A question has been raised about ‘Filtergate’, but a more pertinent question might ask why the EU insists on delivery maximums when it believes that delivery levels do not affect health outcomes.

Read More

Taxing questions in Kenya

Taxing questions in Kenya

| March 1, 2018

The idea that non-filter cigarettes should be taxed at a higher rate than filtered cigarettes seems not to make sense since a filter can be removed.

Read More

Voting with their butts

Voting with their butts

| December 20, 2017

‘Ballot bins’ are being trialed in a borough in Northern Ireland in another attempt to mitigate the ‘scourge of cigarette butts littering pavements’.

Read More

Can cigarette butts take off?

Can cigarette butts take off?

| November 2, 2017

Flying by the seat of your pants could take on a whole new meaning if, as new research has indicated, butts can be used as the basis for energy materials.

Read More

Spotlight on acetate JV

Spotlight on acetate JV

| October 19, 2017

A proposed acetate joint venture between Celanese and Blackstone has been made the subject of an in-depth investigation by the European Commission.

Read More

Warning on filters

Warning on filters

| October 17, 2017

In a story published in Australia, cigarette filters have been charged with being counter-productive and a burden on the environment.

Read More

Cigarette butts a resource

Cigarette butts a resource

| September 26, 2017

Most tobacco smokers will have observed that their smoke tends to deter annoying insects, and now it seems cigarette-butt extracts can be used to reduce mosquito populations.

Read More

Cellulose market smoking

Cellulose market smoking

| September 5, 2017

The growing use of cellulose acetate tow in cigarette filters is expected to boost the market for cellulose acetate.

Read More

Airy approach to holes

Airy approach to holes

| August 2, 2017

A discussion about the health implications of ventilation holes in cigarette filters seems to have descended into a debate about how to measure tar and nicotine levels.

Read More

Holes under the spotlight

Holes under the spotlight

| June 22, 2017

There must be a philosophical debate to be had over whether holes – in this case filter-ventilation holes – exist, and therefore whether they can be seen to be a problem.

Read More

Nanoparticles lower toxicity

Nanoparticles lower toxicity

| May 30, 2017

Researchers in Germany have discovered that copper hydroxide nanoparticles provide protection against toxic oxygen radicals in cigarette smoke.

Read More

Ventilation in a hole

Ventilation in a hole

| May 23, 2017

For a long time, it has been said by some that low-delivery cigarettes create their own health risks. Now, the finger of suspicion is being pointed specifically at filter ventilation.

Read More

Ready to bloom

Ready to bloom

| March 1, 2017

Stricter rules for tobacco mean new opportunities for tow and special filters.

Read More