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Vaping Helps Reduce Cigarette Litter

It is estimated by the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency (NSW EPA) that 7 billion cigarette butts are littered in Australia each year. They represent the most reported litter item throughout the country, a whopping 20% of all items reported.

The Cigarette Butt Problem

The problem with cigarette butts is they are made from a fibrous plastic material that sits in the environment. It does not decompose easily and because butts are small, they can easily be blown away by the wind and cause problems on a wider scale.

Current estimates are that your average cigarette butt can take up to 12 months in fresh air and 5 years in saltwater to break down. Given that a cigarette butt is full of harmful chemicals that can leach into soil and water, the problem is worse than many people realise. Although it has little impact on humans, the effects on marine life and helpful bacteria are huge.

Cigarette butts can also be eaten by birds and other animals, and the chemicals from these butts can cause harm. In particularly small animals, they can cause blockages and digestive issues. The problem is so bad that researchers have called for a complete redesign on cigarette butts and harsher punishments for those caught irresponsibly disposing of them.

How Vaping Helps Reduce Cigarette Butt Litter

Many smokers use e-cigarettes and vapes to help them ditch the dirty smoking habit, with research from the UK indicating that e-cigarettes are up to 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes. However, it is not just the person’s health that switching from smoking to vaping saves; it helps the environment, too.

This is because e-cigs and other vaping devices result in more wastage litter than combustible cigarettes. Most vaping devices are reusable and can be reused for many years before they need replacing, and many of the components can be diligently recycled from an old device. It's not just the device, either---vape product manufacturers have gone a long way to making sure that their packaging, including bottles for ‘e-liquids’ and other items, is fully recyclable and made from recycled materials.

All this means that you are far less likely to find e-cigarettes, vapes, packaging, and other related waste irresponsibly tossed to the side of the road. And even if some questionable individual was to do this, it is much easier to clean up the mess and there is a lower potential for harm to wildlife and the wider environment.

Recyclable VIGGO vape pods Vaper Empire's VIGGO Series vape pods are recyclable.

Different vapes and devices create different amounts of litter, though. Some of the most common types are:

  • Disposable e-cigarettes
  • Pod mod devices
  • Refillable devices like vape pens and box mods

Disposable e-cigarettes are by far the ones that create the most litter. This is because they are what they say they are---disposable. These devices generally last for a few hundred puffs before they need to be thrown away. However, even a trashed disposable e-cigarette saves on the number of potentially trashed cigarette butts because your average disposable e-cig will last for as long as 40 cigarettes.

Next up the vaping food chain are your pod devices. These are slightly more environmentally friendly because the devices themselves last for a long time and the replaceable pods in closed-pod systems can usually be recycled when they are empty. Our VIGGOpods, for example, are designed to be recycled. These pods themselves will last for several hundred, if not thousand, puffs before they need replacing.

Finally, refillable devices like vape pens and box mods represent the devices that are the best for the environment. You can get through several thousand puffs with these before components need replacing, the most commonly replaced one being the coil---a small piece of metal that is used to turn the vape juice into vapour.

Here at Vaper Empire, we offer a range of refillable vapes that allow vapers to reuse tanks and cartridges. You can browse our complete selection of vaping devices on our online vape shop.

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