Tobacco: Threat to the Environment
Tobacco products damage the environment at every stage of their lifecycle:
Cultivation: Clearing lands and burning plant residues lead to deforestation while agrochemicals/pesticides pollute waterways and poison fishes
Curing: Burning firewood to cure leaves causes deforestation and water scarcity.
Processing & Manufacturing:Processes involve use of toxic chemicals, and emission of greenhouse gases & other waste.
Distribution: Greenhouse gases are emitted during transport.
Use: Toxic residue from tobacco smoke lingers in the environment (indoor particulate matter concentrations are 10x higher than diesel car exhausts). Cigarettes are also the most common cause of accidental fires and toxic third hand smoke materials pollute the environment.