Is the fashion industry undermining its sustainability stance with smoking?

Obviously smoking tobacco cigarettes is horrible for your health, but did you know it’s also just as bad for the environment and the long term public health. Thirdhand smoke — residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke — can actually become more toxic overtime. So in addition to the 7000 toxic chemicals that are released when someone lights up, the long term chemical exposure can impact public health, even after the smoke is gone. The process of making the cigarette causes it’s fair share of environmental degradation as well. Tobacco growing and curing leads to deforestation. It costs one tree to make approximately 300 cigarettes, or one-and-a-half cartons. Deforestation is responsible for the speed up of climate change, as well as soil erosion and disrupted water cycles, making it more difficult to grow plants in the future. Finally, cigarettes are the most littered item on earth according to Truth Initiative, an anti-smoking organization. Roughly 75% of smokers say they dispose of their cigarettes on the ground or outside their cars. For the record that means about 1.7 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up on the ground as toxic waste every year! About 1 million of those butts are found on beaches alone.

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