OREANDA-NEWS Scientists conducted an experiment that showed how cigarettes affect plants.

Specialists planted lawn plants and scattered cigarette butts on them. After a month and a half, scientists noticed that the biomass of plant roots, for example clover, decreased by 58%, and the length of the upper part - by 28%.

The reason for the "killer" effect was on the cigarette butts themselves, and the cellulose-acetate fiber, which is contained in cigarette filters. The substance is introduced into the composition of polymeric materials to increase elasticity.

Interestingly, cellulose acetate does not degrade in nature and thereby pollutes the environment more than other debris.