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Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Thu Feb 23 04:57:13 EST 1995

maholland at SAE.SSU.UMD.EDU wrote:
: I have been asked by a middle school student for assistance locating a
: reference to information on the effect of cigarette smoke on plants.  She
: is performing an experiment with plants in a terrarium and wonders if anyone hastried this before.  Does anyone out there have any ideas about this?  Thanks
: in advance for your assistance.
: M.A. Holland

Well, plants are susceptible to very low levels of pollutants like
sulphur dioxide and various oxides of nitrogen.  Combustion of just
about anything will produce these including cigarettes.  However, the
fact that nicotine smoke is used to fumigate horticultural greenhouses
suggests that cigarette smoke would have no long-term efect on plants
generally.  There is always the risk of TMV infection though ...

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