World No Tobacco Day 2022

Tobacco is such a unique product… as they do not have any health or social benefit at all.

From start to end, the tobacco traits are massively polluting and damaging our planet. Not only air pollution from smoking, but the whole supply chain leaves huge damages.

Destroying lands.

Tobacco farming is far from sustainable. With a preference for fresh new lands for its production, around 3.5 million hectares of land across the globe are destroyed to grow tobacco each year. It also contributes to the yearly deforestation of 200,000 hectares and soil degradation.Replenishing forest and soil in short periods is endangering the recovery of woodland and lead to permanent change of topography from woodlands to bush. Then, harvesting by cutting and burning remaining stalks and plants because they have no food value to livestock, pollutes the air and reduces essential animal resources.Burning firewood or fuel wood for days to cure tobacco leaves causes soil erosion and depletion of wood resources. Cutting trees, including rubber trees and indigenous species, causes deforestation as well as the seasonal shift of local streams, resulting in water scarcity.Trees are also destroyed in the production of matches and pipes. 

Poisonning lives.

Tobacco is one of the top ten crops that require the most fertiliser. Agrochemicals make their way to waterways near tobacco farming communities causing severe impacts on the hydrological system, silt in wetlands and riverbanks. Many pesticides are used and some are lung-damaging substances for fish and other organisms.

Littering the plane.

Plastic waste, toxic waste, non-biodegradable waste… you name it. Every year 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are not properly disposed across the globe, generating 1.69 billion pounds of toxic waste and releasing thousands of chemicals into the air, water, and soil.Plastic, aluminium, and butane are all used in disposable cigarette lighters. Batteries and other harmful and non-biodegradable materials are found in e-cigarettes and devices.

Causing fire accident.

Accidental fires are most commonly caused by cigarettes as it is not designed to self-extinguish.

Putting cigarette in your mouth = Welcoming nasty dental lifestyle.

The majority of people now understand that smoking is harmful to their health. It can cause a variety of medical issues. Some people, however, are unaware of the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums, and teeth.

Tobacco use can cause tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and, in the worst case scenario, mouth cancer.

Stained teeth.

Nicotine and tar in tobacco make your teeth yellow in a short amount of time. Heavy smokers may have almost brown teeth after years of smoking.

Gums and teeth health.

Gum disease can also be caused by smoking. Smokers have a higher risk of developing bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease. The gums are harmed because smoking depletes oxygen in the bloodstream, preventing infected gums from healing. Smoking generates greater dental plaque and accelerates the progression of gum disease compared to nonsmokers. In adults, gum disease is still the major cause of tooth loss.

Mouth cancer

Smoking can lead to lung and throat cancer, as well as mouth cancer! Thousands of people die each year as a result of mouth cancer caused by smoking.

This year World No Tobacco Day, let’s fight the tobacco epidemic together. Claim right to your health and your planet for healthy living by saying NO to tobacco.

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