Ryan Jacob CAE | Smoking is More Toxic Than You Think
3 Factors That Prove Smoking is More Toxic Than You Think by Ryan Jacob, CAE Advocate
Ryan Jacob, CAE/Clean Air Engineering student has been an advocate for the environment for many years now. For him, the time to act is now. With the planet slowly being eaten away by pollution, there might not be much left of it for future generations. You don’t have to go out on the streets to rally against pollution, he says. Changing personal habits alone can already help the environment, like quitting smoking, for instance. Imagine the impact it will create on the environment if the millions of smokers around the world quit. The positive effect simultaneously spread across continents would be a global phenomenon, to say least, says Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate.
Smoking isn’t only bad for your health; it’s bad for the environment as well, but just how bad it is for the environment isn’t quite clear for a lot of people. Often, the negative impact on the environment is solely attributed to the tiny toxic particles released into the air through the smoke, but there’s so much more that goes on, shares Ryan Jacob, CAE university student.
For the reader’s information, here are three more ways that smoking contributes to air pollution:
1. Industrial pollution
The production of cigarettes contributes to industrial pollution. Plants that manufacture cigarettes release a number of toxic chemicals into the air, including nicotine, ammonia, nitric acid, sulphuric acid and at least eight other toxic chemicals.
As you can see, even before the cigarettes are lit and smoked, they’re already contributing to air pollution.
2. Transporting supplies
From the time tobacco is harvested to the time they are delivered to distributors or sellers, manufacturers are already contributing to environmental pollution. Usually, the tobacco plantation and the manufacturing plant are in two different areas, and the distributors are spread out as well, what do these have in common? Transportation. They need to be transported from one location to the next for production and distribution, says Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate. Fuel emissions from vehicles are one of the leading causes of air pollution.
Cigarette filters, more popularly known as cigarette butts, contribute to pollution as well. Even if they are advertised as biodegradable, which they are, it takes a while to break these cigarette butts down, usually about 1 ½ years for each butt. It is estimated that around the world, about 4.5 trillion filtered cigarettes are lit and smoked each year, which translates to 4.5 million cigarette butts ending up in the trash.
From these you can see why cigarettes are more toxic than commonly believed. How do you help stop its contribution to pollution? Stop smoking! If there are fewer buyers, production will slow down. Can you stop production and smoking in its tracks? Probably not, but you can at least help in your own way by giving up the habit, implores Ryan Jacob, CAE student. Do it for your health.
Stay tuned for more posts on how you can help reduce air pollution by Ryan Jacob.