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The Environmental Impact of Smoking: More Than Just Extra Litter?


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, protection, pollution )

Cher
- 416 days ago - greenerideal.com
As anyone who has or currently does light up will know, smoking isn't exactly the healthiest habit to acquire. It can take years off your lifespan, and can also cause a myriad of health problems which can stay with you for the rest of your life;



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Kit B. (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:10 am

We live in a country, a world that promotes FRACKING, GMO farming with a constant use of pesticides, befouled air, water and soils and we need to worry about the few smokers out there? If the rest were all cleaned up I might again be concerned about smoking for now, I'm more worried about smokestacks.
 

Tim C. (1889)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:11 am
ty
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:52 am
Very true Kim, except in China where there are nearly a billion smokers. Add this to the horrible air quality in China.
 

MareCad T. (2)
Monday July 29, 2013, 12:40 pm
These jerkoz can NOT prove anything.
 

Janet G. (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:06 pm
Noted.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:11 pm
Thanks.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:32 pm
Thank you.
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:33 pm
One way or another you are not going to have clean air in todays world If that dont kill you the chemicals will many people i know have or have had cancer never smoked or drunk but no one can explain it!

noted thanks
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:18 pm

One thing can explain it, we breath Benzedrine, everyday and that is a carcinogen. I'm not advocating for cigarettes only saying that at this point we have much bigger issues to deal with.
 

S J. (116)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:33 pm
Noted, thanks Cher.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:01 pm
I have outlived my two sons who both died aged 56 years and they smoked, I have never. Their sister still lives and does not smoke. If you have nursed for the eight years it took my younger son to die then you wouldn't wish that death on anybody. Yes my wife also died from lung cancer and never smoked as have most of her school friends, her doctor confirmed it was not a cigarette cancer but one that lays dormant for many years before erupting, they were all brought up in an old gold mining town where the arsenic laden mines mullock heaps still litter the place, with the dust blown around on any windy day, and they breathed in the poisons from the slopes of the waste on which they played as children. There are many cancers and not all attributable to cigarettes but that insidious addictive substance is the biggest killer, and easily avoidable, of them all. Just don't smoke.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:33 pm
Sorry for you loss Tom Edgar. Most of my family too.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:45 pm
My oldest son and his wife each have those electronic cigarettes. He has the battery one and she has several flavors of the liquid one. They both say it helps but both still smoke regular cigarettes. I think the jury is still out on whether or not they are good for your health, tho both son and wife say their throats feel better and there's less hacking away every morning. I quit on 1997 and am starting to feel like a non-smoker finally. It's difficult to be with my oldest and his family because I can hardly breathe with all the smoke at times.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:53 pm
Ah Lynn. `to lose ones you love is hard to bear and the tobacco companies never seem to care. I miss them all but have no desire to copy their departure. Even if some would wish I'd go I'll try to wait until the "Rapture.".
O K so this old lifelong atheist is being facetious I'm not afraid of death but the dying bit holds no enchantment. Watching and not being able to comply with my son's dying plea of "Finish me off Tom." was hard to take. Being whisked away for a heart operation near his end didn't help but he still had a sense of humour saying to my daughter, when she told him why I had left,. ""Just like the old bastard, stealing my thunder." he diued 24 hours later. As I always told them. leave 'em laughing.
 

Fi T. (16)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:17 am
Health is the worst consequence
 

Syd H. (48)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:33 am
Okay, 20 cigarettes per day per smoker equals 200 every 10 days, 2000 every 100 days, nearly 7000 each year in butts littering sidewalks, streets, parks, and going into rivers and oceans. Times that by 60,000,000 just in the US (and believe me there are a hella lot of smokers in Europe, especially in Germany which has the stupid machines on every corner so you just need your mom's ID and enough Euro...) then times that by $5 a pack and then you know how much the huge corporations that makes these cigarettes are taking in.

Also realize that nicotine is a poison. It is what is in the neonicotinoids believed to be responsible for colony collapse disorder (and what *did* kill 50,000 bumble bees in Oregon and thousands of honey bees nearby).

Toddlers walk around picking these butts up and putting them in their mouth. Many kids are also eye height for the burning ones in smokers' hands.

You would think that is enough but hundreds of thousands of children work the tobacco fields or roll cigarettes as in India and get tobacco sickness passively through their skin.

And, I think we begin to see that it is indeed a rather big issue... but we do not have to abandon one issue to deal with and be concerned with other ones.

Green tobacco sickness (field workers over and above pesticide poisonings):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Tobacco_Sickness

Nicotine poisoning in Children in the US and elsewhere:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1497768/

Child labour: the tobacco industry's smoking gun
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2011/sep/14/malawi-child-labour-tobacco-industry

India's tobacco girls
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-18391652

Cigarettes are a scourge over and above lung cancer, stomach cancer, emphysema, mouth cancer, throat cancer, heart disease, and so on...

~~
Heart goes out to you Tom.
 

Syd H. (48)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:42 am
Oh, forgot...

One reason we all have flame retardants in our bodies now and the food we eat is that smokers liked to fall asleep while holding lit cigarettes so now you can only get a mattress that hasn't been treated by doctor's prescription in California. Couches, drapes, all kinds of things are treated now because smokers drove that industry too, and the tobacco folks would rather treat symptoms than lose the spare change in your sofa.

Cigarettes are also known to light forest fires which threaten homes too, and I've personally seen fires in several countries in the last 2 years started by cigarettes in garbage cans. One burned down an entire block of recycling bringing the fire department and the police to close 4 streets.

One big reason I quit smoking is I did not want to be responsible for my neighbor losing everything they had if I made a mistake.
 

Arild Warud (165)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:19 am
TY Cher.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:46 pm
just read cigs have GMO ingredients as well
why not add a few more to the 7000 chemicals in them already..lol
 
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