Smoking has never been a safe affair. Millions of people are losing their lives every year because of it. Smoking related diseases come with dangerous side effects that if not handled soon enough, render families less one or two members. Apart from being harmful to us, the environment is never safe as well. This article is going to focus on the scary details about how cigarettes can seriously damage the environment.
Air pollution comes in first on the list of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. Almost everybody even the smokers themselves know about this fact. You should keep in mind that it is not only through smoking that the air is polluted. The air produced during the curing process of tobacco also plays a major role in polluting the air. Did you know that cigarettes contain over 6000 harmful chemicals? Therefore, you can imagine how much harmful chemical are released to the environment when one smokes cigarettes. Global warming which leads to climate change is also brought about by the pollution of air though cigarette smoking plus much more. With all that, it is quite clear that the air we breathe might not be safe enough especially when people keep on smoking traditional cigarettes.
Fire outbreaks are also caused by cigarette smoking especially in homes and forests. When such cases occur, not only people lose their lives and millions worth of property but also animals and vegetation suffer.
Cigarette butts also pollute our precious oceans. The toxins that come with the butts are not safe for aquatic life. Researchers found out that a cigarette is able to kill half the fish and the ocean creatures. With the billions of traditional cigarettes that people smoke on a yearly basis, you can only imagine the effect it will have on the innocent aquatic life.
Cigarette smoking is also harmful to our lands. Do you have an idea that cigarette butts are by far the number one items discarded as trash all over the world ? The fact that they are non-biodegradable makes it even worse. With the toxins the butts contain, the land is not safe at all.
Natural soil is not spared when harmful effects of tobacco smoking strike. Tobacco leaches the soil of natural occurring nutrients and mineral responsible for native plant growth. Without the natural nutrients and minerals, plants are not able to survive. At the end of the day, this will be harmful to the native environment, flora and fauna. In a nut shell, with the increase in tobacco smoking, the would will no longer be a safe place for both plants and animals.
In summary, cigarette smoking should be highly discouraged for the sake of the environment and the future of the world in general.