Cigarettes are not bio-degradable. There are lots of studies that say it can take one year, twelve years or never (the cigarette filter is made of acetate – something that never fully breaks down). I found on another website that said cigarette buds can take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years, and another said 12 years.
Although the filter on cigarettes may appear to be made of cotton, they are not. Rather, the filter is made from a plastic material called acetate. How long it takes for the cigarette to biodegrade depends on environmental factors such as the temperature, wind speeds, and precipitation. Different sources cite differing times for it to biodegrade, but it can range anywhere between 1 1/2 years to 10 years.
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