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Environmental Damage: Smokers, Is It Really Just About You?

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

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So you know what smoking does to your body, but you're not bothered because it's just your body and your choice, right? Wrong. Smoking damages far more than just your body and the bodies of those around you, suffering from your second-hand smoke.

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David C (25)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:39 am
Vienna, ~1.7 M inhabitants ...
and they're smoking several TONS of tobacco every day !!!
amply enough so that the whole the city STINKS


Peggy A (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 8:08 am

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:54 am some undeveloped countries, around 200,000 hectares of forests are cut down and burned every year, to be replaced by tobacco farms. Tobacco farmers have to constantly abandon old farms and seek new land as tobacco farming ruins the natural state of the soil, meaning more and more forests are destroyed. The loss of the trees does not only mean the loss of a green area, but also means there are 22 million more net tons of CO2 in the atmosphere, since those forests would have removed this from the atmosphere and converted it to oxygen had they been there.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:56 am

I NEVER THOUGHT about the above damage..........
I feel guilty because I smoke.......

But for my NEXT cigarette I have something more to think about.........

MareCad T (2)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 12:44 pm
This is just another lie...NO proof. Lies live a long time...there is one that is nearly 50-years old.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 2:30 pm
Smoking affects all of your pets also. Imagine how long they might have lived if not for your smoking...yes, I used to smoke, over 30 yrs, and know second-hand smoke affects more than just the smoker.

Past Member (2031)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 2:45 pm
I avoid smokers. Years ago, I had many friends who were smokers but I can't stand to be around smokers anymore. The smell lingers even when they aren't smoking.

. (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 2:48 pm
A really enlightening article. I'm so glad I gave it up 6 years ago after 33 years.

David F (39)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:17 pm
Such a filthy habit. Many empty their car ashtrays in parking lots. A smoker set Table Mountain (Cape Town) on fire throwing a lighted cigarette out his car window. They also burden the health care system. Tobacco companies should be closed down with law suits. For years they hid the problem with prevarication and propaganda. I read an article years out of Australia 'proving' smokers were healthier than non smokers, probably by testing smoking athletes and non smoking couch potatoes.

Tom Edgar (56)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:31 pm
Just recently I cared for my 56 year old son whilst he agonisingly died from tobacco induced cancer, the second son to die at the same age for the same reason. Why his many friends still persist in this terrible addictive narcotic consumption is beyond me, as they all witnessed his eight year decline from a six foot workaholic to an eighty pound skeletal wreck who begged me to "Finish me off mate.". So keep on smoking and end up choking.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:45 pm
Have I got news for you! American cigarette companies lobbied tooth and nail NOT to have images of dying patients/dead patient/breast less women/children weeping over dead father in casket/mouth cancer images/throat cancer images....on and on and on....WHY? Because sex sells not cancer! Want to know what THIRD world country decided to place these images on their packs? MEXICO!!! Not only do they have these horrific images staring you in the face every time you reach for a cigarette....they also label EVERY chemical and EVERY ingredient within the smokes.....The USA is in bed with it's lobbyists....we care not about anything other than MONEY....not cancer....not second hand smoke...NADA!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:54 pm
MareCad T, I don't understand. You've been a Care2 member since 2006 but have nary one friend. Could it be because of your ridiculously stupid comments?

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 7:00 pm
MJ M, don't feed the troll. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 7:14 pm
Joanne, I am sure you are right. I just hate to see ignorance that causes these kind of harms go unchallenged.

Patricia N (9)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 7:27 pm
Never ceases to amaze me how people can say such nasty things about smokers and, of course, obese people. And let's not forget poor people, welfare people, badly dressed people and people they think make stupid comments. Yes, I smoke but I don't throw cigarettes out of my car. I don't smoke in other people's houses. I try not to smoke around people who don't smoke.....unless they say they don't mind. I'm 74 and do not have any major illness. The cigarettes I buy are loaded with taxes....federal and provincial....which should cover any health costs I die from since I've been smoking for 60 years (if it could be proven that what I die from is really caused by smoking since that is a debatable subject) My cousin who was shocked I was still smoking died of a massive heart attack while exercising in his gym at 64 yrs. One cousin who never smoked died in his early 30's of cancer. My grandfather who smoked all his life died at 91. My smoking aunt at 83 and my smoking uncle at 81. We are all going to die and smoking is not the cause of all deaths and illness in the world. There is a lot of propaganda out there about smoking and second-hand smoke and the people who are spreading it are getting lots of money from government to keep it going. Big pharma is happy too as they are making loads of money from nicotine replacements. And if you are thinking that governments should prohibit smoking ...just remember what happened when they made laws against alcohol (and could again in the future). So all you people who like a drink once in vigilant and that goes for any of you who like french fries, fried chicken and sugary drinks. The Nanny State may be coming for you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 7:35 pm
Here ya go, Patricia. You say your cigarettes are 'loaded with taxes'? Here's something else they are loaded with.

Radioactive tobacco

Patricia N (9)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 7:40 pm
Just one more thing I forgot to say. That car that most people drive.....just look up what it is spewing into the air along with any machine run with gasoline. It isn't clean water vapor.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 7:46 pm
But Patricia, no one is going around sucking on tailpipes!

Sue Clayton (8)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 1:19 am
I agree with EVERYTHING Patricia N. has said here. I can smoke 20 cigarettes a day (I don't) and I'm NOT going to get in my car and run the risk of causing an accident. If I had 20 alcoholic drinks would I be able to say the same thing? I think not. After smoking a few cigs am I likely to beat my spouse/children/a stranger in the street? I think not. If you were locked in a garage and couldn't get out, what would you rather have for company? Someone smoking a cigarette or a car with the engine running? The facts are that Alcohol and vehicle emissions are way more dangerous than a few smokes each day.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:10 am
And for some perspective: 1) Transportation is the largest single source of air pollution in the United States. A 2004 report by the Clean Air Task Force estimated that soot pollution from power plants contributes to 24,000 premature deaths, 38,200 non-fatal heart attacks, and tens of thousands of hospital visits and asthma attacks each year. And while I no longer smoke, I'm certain most of you drive.

Cyn F (137)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:45 am
Thanks for sharing, Cher.

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:23 am
I stopped smoking years age, but I would say smokers are not to blame for massive pollution. look at industry, especially coal power and steel, wow. The smoker is at risk mostly by himself because he has the stack in his mouth and cops most of it, even more so since smoking in public places is banned. To the dismay of big oil, modern cars have become much more efficient, hence higher fuel prices. But not to forget Armed Forces all over the word, they are the biggest polluters for the sake of 'Peace" and 'Little Men' who like to go down in history.!?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 9:57 am
It is baffling to me how the facts in this article can be ignored and justified by pointing out that gasoline engines are worse polluters. Strychnine is more poisonous than arsenic. Does that make arsenic a good thing? What exactly in the article are you smokers - or you uninformed ex smokers - denying?

'Growing tobacco is actually an exhausting effort for the environment itself. Compared to other crops, tobacco plants need six times more potassium from the soil.

Also, in some undeveloped countries, around 200,000 hectares of forests are cut down and burned every year, to be replaced by tobacco farms. Tobacco farmers have to constantly abandon old farms and seek new land as tobacco farming ruins the natural state of the soil, meaning more and more forests are destroyed. The loss of the trees does not only mean the loss of a green area, but also means there are 22 million more net tons of CO2 in the atmosphere, since those forests would have removed this from the atmosphere and converted it to oxygen had they been there.

Manufacturing tobacco products is also a major cause of pollution. According to WHO‘s figure in 1995, an astonishing “2.3 billion kilograms of manufacturing waste and 209 million kilograms of chemical waste” are produced globally in the process. That figure is likely to be much more now after 18 years of development. In addition, do you know how much paper is used in wrapping and packaging cigarettes? Four miles per hour!

More importantly, the litter smokers produce is huge. It is said that cigarettes are the number one most littered item worldwide! A survey called the Keep America Beautiful Pocket Ashtray Study carried out in 2008 found that 35% of smokers litter five or more cigarette butts per pack on the ground. According to the figure released during the 14th World Conference on Tobacco, more than 1.3 billion people are smokers. This means over 6.5 billion cigarette butts are thrown to the floor for each cigarette pack the global population of smokers consume. If you want to dig into it more, here is a report on the Litter Behavior in America, which shows you the results of a national study. It is not surprising that tobacco products contribute over 32% of all litter.

The litter smokers create does not only make cities look dirty and ugly, but it also harms local waterways and wildlife. A significant proportion of tobacco litter goes into the sea eventually, damaging the marine environment. Cigarette butts continue to harm the environment underwater because often marine wildlife will accidentally eat the smoker’s debris, which has a detrimental effect on their health – and then we consume that toxin-filled fish, whether we’re smokers or not.

Last but not least, plenty of cigarettes are not biodegradable (a common misconception, since many smokers think they’re just made from plants) and as a result, they release approximately 600 chemicals into the environment, which affects not only the soil but our health too when we eat crops grown in that ground. So it is really not just your body that is being harmed by smoking, it is the people around you, the global population and the earth we live in, which is suffering with you.

Next time you reach for a cigarette, do think twice. Please.'

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 10:16 am
Or, comparing tobacco to alcohol.
Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 a year: WHO study

Smoking doubles dementia risk in late life

How nicotine helps cancer grow

5 Facts About Second-Hand Smoke’s Link to Serious Dementia


Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 10:18 am
But what the hell, right? Smoke 'em if you got 'em!
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