Seeing as today (the 31st of May) is World No Tobacco Day, we thought we’d take a look at how cigarettes damage the environment. It is a common myth that cigarettes only affect our bodies. In fact, they affect others, as well as the world around us!
Production of tobacco crops
First and foremost, the resources used to grow the tobacco put the greatest strain on the environment. Imagine if everyone gave up smoking and used that land to produce food instead! In addition, as the tobacco crops are very fragile, they are sprayed with countless pesticides and chemicals. Add to this water usage and the trees required to provide paper for the cigerettes and packaging. Adds up to quite a lot doesn’t it?
The air we breathe out when smoking contains all the chemicals that cigarettes themselves contain (over 4 000). Obviously this pollution isn’t nearly as much as cars etc, but we believe it’s just another unneccesary addition to an already negative situation.
Cigarette butts more often than not end up on the ground. These take around 25 years to decompose and all the while leach chemicals into the ground. And that’s the better alternative, when we consider that they also end up in our water supply, get eaten by innocent creatures and pose a fire hazard too.
Now we’re not your parents so we won’t tell you what to do. But the evidence stated above does seem quite clear and straightforward. Need some help quitting? Click here for tips on giving up smoking, as well as more info on World Tobacco Day.
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