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Analysis of Chemical Constituents in Cigarette Butt Leachate

Principal Investigators: Diane Waldschmidt and Gregory Gagliano

Funding Mechanism: Research Contract

ID number: HHSF223201610575P

Award Date: 9/8/2016

Institution: Environmental Data Services


A major environmental consequence of cigarette use is the disposal of discarded cigarette filters: each year, an estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts (1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts) are thrown away worldwide. The National Environmental Policy Act requires an environmental impact analysis with human health impact scenarios for federal actions such as tobacco product marketing authorizations; thus, more information about the identities and amounts of constituents that leach from cigarette butts would be useful. Investigators will conduct a preliminary study to identify leachable constituents, including harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs), from cigarette butts. The objectives of this study are (1) to conduct laboratory analyses of three replicates from a single cigarette butt leachate; and (2) to characterize and quantify the different chemical constituents and HPHCs for the leachate. This study will provide new information about the leachable constituents in cigarette butts.