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[Ambassador report] (free report) You are injuring yourself and the planet

by Nour Jennane | 12-05-2020 20:36 Comments 13 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

The negative impact of tobacco on the environment is little known but very real.

When we talk about the tobacco and cigarette industry, we often talk about health impacts. Lung cancer, throat cancer, disturbed pregnancies, but also lung infections, asthma... the consequences of smoking on health are very numerous. But this is not the only serious consequence of this industry. Indeed, if smoking kills, it also kills our environment and our planet. And we are not just talking about the cigarette butts that are thrown into the environment and take decades or even centuries to degrade. What if we told you that your cigarette rhymes with deforestation, pesticides, pollution and climate change? 

Yet the smoke from all cigarettes accounts for 0.2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That's almost as much as a country like Israel! Cigarette butts: 845,000 tons of waste are produced every year, the equivalent of the weight of 3,755 Statues of Liberty. In terms of production, we know that tobacco growing is responsible for 5% of global deforestation. Trees are cut down to grow tobacco plants, but also as fuel. 11.4 million tons of wood are needed each year just to dry the tobacco leaves. This time it is 50,666 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty... Then wood has to be cut again to make paper and packages: 15 cigarette packages is one tree cut. 

The amount of water needed to grow tobacco is also problematic. A tobacco plant needs 10 times more water than a potato plant. And smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 50 years depletes 1.4 million litres of water. 

Every year, 6,000 billion cigarettes are manufactured. 90% of this production is concentrated in developing countries. In Malawi, for example, 80,000 miners are said to be working in the tobacco fields today. They are exposed to dangerous pesticides, such as DDT, which is banned in most developed countries because of its high environmental and health impact. These pesticides can cause birth defects, tumours or neurological disorders.

 In Kenya, 26 per cent of tobacco workers are reported to show symptoms of pesticide poisoning. The tobacco industry as a whole consumes as much energy each year as the construction of 2 million cars. In 2015, it would have emitted the equivalent of about 8.76 million tonnes of CO2, or 3 million transatlantic flights. 

So save the planet and yourself and STOP SMOKING!



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Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Nour

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about You are injuring yourself and the planet

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-05-2020 23:23

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Nour Jennane, this is a mentor Sang Su Lee.

    Even though you've written that this article is free topic, I guess it belongs to thematic report as well. Very nice research that shows how much a person's smoking affects the environment negatively. As you've mentioned many people focus on negative impacts on humans when they smoke. I also did not know that smoking causes a lot of harms to the environment before reading your article. Thank you for your report!

    Green Cheers~
    Posted 21-05-2020 18:46

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings nour
    I hope you are doing well
    Nice report. Smoking must be prohibited.
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 19-05-2020 16:03

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    I do hope you are all good..

    Thank you so much for sharing this report with us!!
    Of course tobacco and smoking is not only harmful to our health but also to our environment..
    Hope to learn more you ..

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 17-05-2020 15:51

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Hello Nour, As we have always highlighted about the health issues of using tobacco from our lower level education system to the warning message about tobacco in its cover, very few have illustrated about its consequences in the enironment.
    so Thank you soo much for awaring us with your report.
    Sending warm wishes from Nepal.
    Posted 17-05-2020 13:18

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Nour Jennane, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for the article about what cigarettes can do to the environment! Cigarettes are not good for our bodies either, but it was amazing that they could have such a negative impact on our environment! In fact, when you think about the effects of tobacco on the environment, you only think about the effects of global warming on cigarette smoke or the effects of toxic substances, and you know that the process of producing cigarettes can also affect the environment!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 15-05-2020 17:04

Pooja Chaudhary

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Nour!

    I hope you are fine and doing great!

    Thanks for sharing negative impact of tobacco on planet and human health.


    Posted 13-05-2020 20:27

Samiksha Adhikari

  • Samiksha Adhikari says :
    thanks for sharing this important report , keep delivering!!
    Posted 13-05-2020 18:55

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Nour Jennane,
    I hope you are doing well.
    thanks for this amazing content about You are injuring yourself and the planet .
    I hope to learn more from you
    keep inspiring fellow ambassadors
    green cheers
    Posted 13-05-2020 17:09

Manisha Pokhrel

  • Manisha Pokhrel says :
    Hi Nour!

    It was really nice reading this report.

    Manisha Pokhrel.

    Posted 13-05-2020 16:25

Aida Daeichiyan karandi


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Nice report, keep on writing!!
    Posted 13-05-2020 02:39

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