Most, if not all, people know that smoking is bad. It can cause many complications in a person’s health which can eventually be fatal. In fact it is the cause of more deaths than road accidents, alcohol, and drug abuse combined in Victoria, Australia. I wasn’t surprised however when I learned that smoking also affects the environment negatively. Smoking is killing the world.
It contributes to mass littering around the globe. Approximately 4.3 trillion cigarette butts are end up in streets, beaches, waterways, and other public areas each year, with each butt taking up to 5 years to decompose.
Growing tobacco uses 5 times more fertilisers and other chemicals compared to regular food plantations. These plantations often leave the land in an arid state once the tobacco production moves to another location. Huge areas of forests are cleared to make way for tobacco plantations. And even more trees are cut down to package these cigarettes.
It adds to air pollution. There are approximately 4,000 different harmful chemicals in one cigarette, which, when burned, is released into the atmosphere. In small amounts, the environment can absorb these chemicals and recover, but in the quantity the smoking population of the world is exhaling, nature is suffering.
Smoking is not only killing people, but the world as well. We need to encourage healthy lifestyles that will affect the world’s population as well as the environment.