Partially burnt cigarettes are more harmful than completely burnt ones.
We all know that Smoking kills. All of us must have seen ‘No Smoking’ Boards in public places, public transports, public toilets, hospitals,worship places, etc..
Now what will be more harmful? A partial burnt cigarette or a completely burnt one? I know that most of you would think that ‘obviously it should be the completely burnt one’ but actually it the partially burnt one.
First and foremost, I want to discuss about the types of smoke that generated during smoking.
- The mainstream smoke.
- The side stream smoke.
Mainstream Smoke: It is the smoke which passes through the filter. In simple words the smoke for the smoker.
Side stream Smoke: It is the smoke produced in-between two puffs. This is main culprit for passive smoking.
Secondly, in midstream smoke, the peripheral tobacco content burnt. Sidestream smoke, the central core tobacco burnt. Moreover, I want to highlight that midstream smoke is a result of the inhalation of puffs. Therefore, peripheral tobacco burnt in an abundance of oxygen supply. Conversely, the sidestream smoke produced between two puffs or in the leftover burning cigarette. So, there is a burning of core tobacco in less oxygen supply. Thus, creating more harmful gasses than that produced during puffs.
From the form above given information, we can conclude that the smoke available for passive smoking is more harmful.
Apart from this, there is a difference in the composition of the smoke of mainstream and sidestream and this difference can be altered on changing puff frequency and puff volume. Generally, cyanide is higher in mainstream smoke, and levels of phenols, cresols, xylenols, formic acid, lactic acid, and several other chemical substances are higher in sidestream smoke along with high levels of Carbon Monoxide.
! smoking is injurious to health !
Branded cigarette companies market their products with a bud or cigarette filter. In addition This filter has a very limited capacity to filter toxic substances. It can reduce Tar up to 50%. This filter used to increase the flow of smoke to the consumer. The filter made from cellulose acetate. A chemical that takes more than 500 years to corrode completely. The duration can reduced artificially by using specific bacteria.
On average, globally 5.6 trillion cigarettes are smoked every year. And out of these 4.5 trillion cigarette filters become waste. You can now ask how a cigarette filter can be a major waste? Yes, Its right if the count is low, but, for 4.5 trillion cigarettes, it’s not.