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cigarette smoke affects potted herbs?

I know this isn't technically cooking but, I haven't been able to find this. Can cigarette smoke affect potted herbs? I have my herbs outside my apartment, which unfortunately is where my neighbors congregate to smoke.

asked by Diana over 1 year ago
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Sam1148

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added over 1 year ago

You gotta be kidding me.

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added over 1 year ago

Apparently the answer is yes it can, I googled the question and found many articles on the subject. http://www.gardenguides...

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added over 1 year ago

I can't speak for potted herbs, but there is a well-known disease called tomato mosaic virus that affects tomatoes, and I believe peppers too, which is transmitted through smoking near the plant or touching it after smoking without washing your hands.

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added over 1 year ago

Oddly enough that was my 8th grade science project. Not herbs specifically, but plants in an aquarium. If I remember correctly (this was several years ago), the plants exposed to smoke (in this case it was a pipe) suffered from lack of oxygen and died. However, in your case, this is outside, so I wouldn't be concerned about it. If your herbs are in a communal space you have to work within the confines of your living situation. I would hardly see it worth causing ruckus with your neighbors.

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added over 1 year ago

I agree - just wash well before use!

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added over 1 year ago

And now I keep thinking about how this dilemma would play out in states where pot is now legal!