How long does it take for one discarded cigarette butt to biodegrade?

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    Actually, cigarette butts are not biodegradable. The cellulose acetate fibers, a form of plastic in which the filters are made, can take many years to decompose. Though exact data hasn’t been recorded, some sources say that cigarette butts can take 18 months to 10 years to decompose. Environments differ in many aspects, such as weather, which influences the time it would take for the filter to degrade. Many cigarette butts get blown into waterways, ultimately polluting the water and animal life with toxic chemicals.

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