You may find this hard to believe if you're standing near a swarm of chain smokers, but most scientists think the trace amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in cigarette smoke have, at most, a negligible effect on the climate. "In fact," theorizes John M. Wallace, a professor at the University of Washington's climate-research department, "it might even counteract global warming by an equally minuscule amount, because the white particulate matter in smoke would reflect some of the sun's energy, thereby minimizing heat."
But the smoky end-product is not the entire story. Tobacco must be grown, and that process puts a serious hit on the environment. The plant itself is very demanding, absorbing six times as much potassium from the soil as most crops do. Farmers in some undeveloped nations grow tobacco until the soil is useless and then clear-cut forests for fresh land. In those areas, 600 million trees are felled and burned annually to dry and cure tobacco leaves. Additionally, four miles of paper an hour is used to wrap and package cigarettes. Setting aside the pollution generated from manufacturing cigarettes, just losing this many carbon-dioxide-absorbing trees leaves at least 22 million net tons of CO2 in the atmosphere, roughly equivalent to burning 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline.
The damage isn't confined to the air, either. According to common estimates, tobacco companies produce 5.5 trillion cigarettes every year—approximately 900 for each person in the world. Of those, 4.5 trillion have nonbiodegradable filters that are tossed away, representing as many as one out of every five pieces of litter. Cigarette butts require months or even years to break down, releasing almost 600 chemicals into the soil.
So although most scientists believe that the act of smoking itself has a zero net effect on global warming, secondhand smoke appears to be a minor annoyance compared with the larger damage cigarettes do to the planet.
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Worth consideration, don't you think?
Well it would seem that Popsci just gave the cigarette companies a leg up on that one lol, in any case weather it be tossing filters or just general smoking it seems to have an effect on our personal bubble and that of others. I will agree with alternative meathods of smoking but what if the reader does not have the $79.00 per artificial cigarette?? Me myself being a smoker i think the motivation has already presented itself in the form of cigarettes raising $1.75 a pack in New York state.
Being that the United States burns 134 billion gallons of gasoline per year, 2.8 billon looks miniscule.
In my opinion any harmful-for-health substances influence global warming effects. I will describe this process in my <a href="http://www.customwritings.com/blog/essay-writing-help/global-warming-essay.html">global warming essay</a>.
AND tobacco is poisoning the tobacco farmers. In Malawi children are used to pick tobacco and they are being poisoned by the contact of nicotine through the skin (Green Tobacco Poisoning)!
Hey there, my father says smoking is not as much a problem as much other that contribute to global warming.
It is well known that smoking is dangerous in many different ways. Smoking over a period of time leads to many different health problems. Smoking is particularly damaging to the heart and lungs. Smoking can lead to a number of lung diseases or disorders including COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder), lung cancer, Emphysema, and shortness of breath. But exactly how can smoking destroy your lungs.
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