Cigarette Butts Yield A Chemical Rebuttal | April 12, 2010 Issue - Vol. 88 Issue 16 | Chemical & Engineering News
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Issue Date: April 12, 2010

Cigarette Butts Yield A Chemical Rebuttal

Recycling: Extracting anticorrosion compounds from spent cigarettes could benefit the environment and steel
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: cigarettes, pollution, nicotine, corrosion

Chinese researchers think there's great potential to do something useful with cigarette butts: Extract the chemicals trapped in the filter and in residual tobacco, and then use the resulting brew as an anticorrosion treatment for steel and other metal-based materials.

Cigarette butts are one of the most ubiquitous forms of pollution on the planet, with an estimated 4.5 trillion butts flicked out of car windows, tossed aside on sidewalks, or otherwise discarded each year. The . . .

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