Smoking Hurts Everyone
Secondary Effects Of Cigarettes
Have you ever tried to convince someone to quit smoking? They'll inevitably say they have tried several times (e-cig, nrt, medication etc.) with no success. This is no surprise as study data shows that 81% know cigarettes are dangerous but still 75% of current smokers just can't stop.
Now think about those who say they don't want to quit. They give reason upon reason but most often they say that if they smoke, they're only hurting themselves. Initially, this may sound like a valid argument. But in fact, cigarette smoking not only injures the smoker but also has a tremendously detrimental effect on the environment. Most people are surprised to find that the worst effect to our environment from smoking is through deforestation. Paper and paper products are utilized in most steps of the cigarette manufacturing process. For example, one cigarette production machine can produce 15,000 cigarettes per minute and use 5 miles of paper each hour. In other words, 1 tree is used per carton of cigarettes. This is insane!
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What About The Environment?
Now let's talk about the environmental impact of cigarette butts. Across the world, the 15 million cigarettes consumed produce 1 billion tons of butts that will end up on land or in natural water sources.
And even though it takes 14 years to biodegrade a cigarette butt, that is still not the worst part. Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the earth and water for those 14 years and account for almost half of the waste in landfills in most countries.
In the end, smoking hurts everyone not just the smoker. Second hand smoke, increased healthcare costs and environmental damage all contribute to a negative impact on everyone on our planet as well as the planet itself. So the next time a smoker tells you that they only hurt themselves by smoking, feel free to refer them to my blog.