It is undeniable that smoking cigarettes is harmful to health. According to research, tobacco is estimated to kill 7 million people each year (6 million people die from direct exposure and 1 million people die from second-hand smoke). While most people are aware of the many ways a cigarette harms our bodies, many are unaware that its effects on our environment are also very harmful.
Cigarettes damage our environment by releasing toxic air pollutants into the atmosphere. The smoke from burning a cigarette contains thousands of poisonous and poisonous chemicals that are part of the air we breathe. Exposure to toxic second-hand smoke and polluted air poses a high risk for non-smokers to suffer from the same complications and illnesses associated with direct smoking.
Apart from cigarette smoke, cigarette butts also significantly pollute our environment. In fact, it is the world’s litteriest waste that not only affects terrestrial flora and fauna, but is also the largest source of ocean waste. Smokers around the world purchase approximately 6.5 trillion cigarettes each year. That’s 18 billion cigarettes every day. About two-thirds of these cigarette butts are not disposed of properly and instead become part of our environment. Toxic chemicals from discarded cigarette butts leach into soils and waterways, causing soil and water pollution, respectively. Animals and plants that come into contact with or absorb toxic substances from cigarette residues are also affected.
The simplest solution to this problem would be to quit smoking altogether. However, while many smokers try to quit, many of them relapse, which forces them to continue smoking. To reduce the health risks to these smokers and reduce the environmental damage caused by cigarettes, scientific advances have produced a variety of less harmful, smokeless products. These alternatives, which include heated tobacco products (HTP), electronic cigarettes, vapes, snuff, nicotine pouches, etc. have been scientifically designed to eliminate the combustion process of tobacco, thereby eliminating the release of toxic smoke, which is found to be the cause of the majority of smoking-related diseases otherwise released by cigarettes. This effectively prevents the smoke from polluting our body and environment. If smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke are made aware and have better access to these scientifically proven products, it will really help to address the related environmental and health issues to some extent and it could also encourage them to eventually give up this habit.