Published on 31 May 2022

Stop Poisoning Our Planet - World No Tobacco Day 2022

Published on 31 May 2022

This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations. There are about 600.000 trees chopped down to make cigarettes, 22.000.000.000 tonnes of water used to make cigarettes, and 84.000.000 tonnes of CO2 emissions released into the air raising global temperatures. The harmful impact of the tobacco industry of the environment is vast and growing adding unnecessary pressure to our planet's already scarce resources and fragile ecosystems. Tobacco destroys our environment, further harming human health, through the cultivation, production, distribution, consumption, and post-consumer waste.

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use. While around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Some side effects of cigarette smoking including myocardial infarction, bad hair and nails, lung diseases, throat cancer, and yellow teeth. Not only for the firsthand smokers, there are also some side effects that could affect the secondhand smokers. Those side effects including, stroke, nasal irritation, lung cancer, coronary heart disease, reproductive effects in women such as low birth rate weight. In children we can also find some side effects, including middle ear disease, respiratory symptoms, impaired lung function, lower respiratory illness, and sudden death syndrome.

 

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References: www.who.org and cdc.gov