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How Smoking Affects the Environment?

Smoking and the Environment: Smoking not only affects the


smoker’s health, it also greatly influences the surrounding atmosphere. Smoke and cigarette
butts affect the environment the most, resulting into air, water and land pollution. Even the
production of cigarettes influences the environment a lot. Read more..
All smokers think that by smoking they are only damaging their health. They are ignorant
about the fact that their smoking is indirectly affecting others health. And they are one of the
direct contributors to the environmental pollution.

There are few environmental issues, which every smoker should be aware of. Smoking
affects your environment greatly. This article would be discussing the various effects of
smoking on the environment.

How Smoking Causes Air Pollution? (smoking


environment pollution)
It is quite evident that smoking causes air pollution and to some extent also pollutes the
ground. Approximately 4000 chemicals are present in cigarettes, which are breathed out and
released in the atmosphere. Out of the total North American population 30% of them are
smokers and the percentage of the smoking population in developing countries is much
higher. This indicates that an enormous quantity of pollution is being released in the
atmosphere every day.

How Smoking Causes Land and Water Pollution?


(smoking environment damage)
Pollution caused due to smoking is not confined only to the air or body but to some extent it
is also responsible in polluting the land and the water. Every day millions of cigarette butts
are left on the ground. Maximum of the cigarette butts finally end up in lakes and rivers. By
mistake fishes and other water animals eat these butts resulting in death of these water bodies.
The remaining butts left on the ground will approximately take 25-26 years to decompose.
The various additives and chemicals are leached into the soil, polluting the soil as well as
plants. During dry seasons cigarette butts can even cause major fire, which is even harmful
for the environment.
How Cigarette Production Affects Environment? (effects
of smoking environment)
Effects of smoking environment:
Major impact on the environment is due the production of the cigarettes. The land, which is
used for the cultivation of tobacco plants, could be better used for producing food for the
third world countries. Moreover as the tobacco plant is highly susceptible to pests and disease
so to maintain their proper growth and health various chemicals and pesticides are being
sprayed. For the production and packaging of the cigarette requires a lot of trees.

In an hour cigarette-manufacturing unit requires almost 4 miles of paper for rolling and
packaging of the cigarettes. Just to produce 300 cigarettes one tree is being wasted. Energy
and water is also being wasted for the production of the cigarettes as well as the chemical
wastes from the manufacturing unit is also dumped into the soil. Hence it is clear the
cigarettes are in total adding huge strain on the body and environment.

With the use of more advance technology tobacco industry can help in decreasing the strain
from the environment. But just to save billions of dollar profit/year the industry is not willing
to go for the advanced technology. The best and the easiest way to control this environmental
destruction, is to stop buying this harmful product. It is tough to quit smoking but directly
(your health) and indirectly (environment) it will be beneficial for you only.

SOURCE : http://smoking.ygoy.com/smoking-and-the-environment/