Does nicotine damage the environment?



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    R.J. Reynolds, one of the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers claims that nicotine does no harm to either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems. Their study published in the journal, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in 2008, concludes that nicotine is biodegradeable and does not bioaccumulate.

    Nicotine has historically been used as a pesticide. Some charge that use of nicotine phosphate as a pesticide has resulted in the collapse of bee colonies.

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