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[Ambassador report] [Free Report] Cigarette Smoking and its Repercussions

by Seojin Lee | 31-12-2020 16:29 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



I am sure you need no introduction to cigarette smoking; nearly 20% of people in the world were cigarette smokers in 2014. Cigarette smoking is extremely common. Here in South Korea, almost every single convenience store has them for sale. The fact that cigarette smoking is detrimental to one’s health is common knowledge. It has dozens of risks to human health and may cause diseases such as lung cancer, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and heart attack and stroke. Not only will it harm the smoker, but it also has the potential to harm people nearby. This is called second-hand smoke; as stated by Conserve Energy Future, “Those exposed to second-hand smoke are at high risk of suffering from most of the diseases and health complications associated with first-hand smoking.” However, there are further consequences caused by cigarette smoking, and these consequences are not exclusive to one’s health. Importantly, cigarette smoking is also dangerous to the environment.

The most direct way cigarettes are harming the environment is through their production. Because cigarettes are made from tobacco, which is only found in rainforests, trees in rainforests are being cut down. Deforestation is also the worst in rainforests, which may be correlated to cigarette production. As a huge portion of the world smoke cigarettes, there is gonna have to be a large number of trees in rainforests deforested to make up for these cigarettes. Deforestation is obviously destructive to the environment, as the absence of trees and plants may cause harmful effects such as soil erosion, less carbon dioxide being absorbed, and the decrease of biodiversity.

Another blatant way cigarettes are harming the environment is when they are being smoked. Cigarettes release carbon dioxide and methane into the air when smoked; this is something that should not be ignored, as it happens to be that carbon dioxide and methane are the two leading causes of climate change. In fact, cigarette smoking releases approximately 2.6 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide and 5.2 billion kilograms of methane annually. The effect on climate change by cigarettes is also amplified if you consider the production of it causing the deforestation of trees, as there will be fewer trees to absorb the carbon dioxide that will be emitted into the atmosphere. 

Lastly, cigarettes harm the environment even after they are done being used by the smoker. Walking down the streets of Seoul, it is common to see hundreds of cigarette butts scattered across the side of roads. It turns out that these cigarettes littered onto the floor are commonly washed into waterways and end up in bodies of water. According to the Ocean Conservancy, cigarette butts are the most common form of waste found in the ocean. In fact, “the International Coastal Cleanup program managed to clear about 3.2 million cigarette butts from waterways and beaches” in 2008. Waste in the ocean is detrimental to the marine environment, as marine animals will be harmed in various ways and the ocean water will be contaminated.

In conclusion, cigarette smoking is not only harmful to the smoker and people nearby but is also harmful to the environment. The production of cigarettes, the use of cigarettes, and the disposal of cigarettes are all contributing causes to climate change, deforestation, and marine pollution. Although it is up to the individual’s decision whether or not he or she would like to smoke a cigarette, I strongly urge everyone to stay away from the act as not only will it damage your health, it will also cause grave repercussions to the environment. 

Sources: 
1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_cigarette_consumption_per_capita#:~:text=Cigarettes%20are%20smoked%20by%20over,tobacco%20consumption%20continues%20to%20rise. 2: https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/serious-effects-cigarette-smoking-environment-and-human-health.php#:~:text=Cigarette%20smoking%20causes%20environmental%20pollution,soil%20and%20water%20pollution%2C%20respectively.

6 Comments

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Seojin
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 13-02-2021 15:59

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Seojin!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Warm greetings from Korea!
    Thank you for introducing the harmful effects of smoking on the environment.
    I learned for the first time that methane gas is generated by smoking.
    A lot of water is also used to produce tobacco leaves.
    The cigarette filter is made of plastic material and does not decompose well.
    I hope that cigarettes will not flow to water resources by banning smoking on the coast or on the river.
    Happy New year!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 11-01-2021 09:01

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank for your report on negative impact of cigarette in enviroment . Keep sharing with us reports like this. Glad to hear from you.
    Regards,
    Alok Dhakal

    Posted 02-01-2021 23:32

Dolma Diki Sherpa

  • Dolma Diki Sherpa says :
    Greetings from Nepal

    Thank for your report on negative impact of cigarette in enviroment .
    All the people have knowledge about detrimental effect of cigarette.But people are negelecting this facts and which have negative impact on both enviroment and human health

    regards
    Dolma.

    Posted 02-01-2021 16:18

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    Hello Seojin
    Thanks for sharing such an informative report.
    Obviously smoking is not only bad for the smokers, but for the surrounding people and environment too.

    Keep sharing
    .

    Posted 01-01-2021 18:38

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Seojin,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    I hope you are doing well.
    Thank you for sharing such an interesting report.
    I am a non-smoker, so I agree that smoking is not only bad for the smokers, but for the surrounding people and environment too.
    Massive production of any species can endanger the rest of tree species,
    and additionally its disposal, smoke and transportation would be the reasons for pollution as well.
    Healthier lifestyle will make people healthier, and a cleaner nature as well.
    Smoking is up to each individual, and everyone has the right to smoke,
    but I strongly believe that non-smoking would be better.

    Happy New Year! :)

    Regards,
    WooJoo
    Posted 31-12-2020 22:56

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