Let’s purify the air: quitting smoking is not only good for your health. It is also good for the health of the planet.
It’s not something you think about often, but the manufacture and distribution of cigarettes is polluting and can cause irreparable damage to the planet’s ecosystem. Almost 600 million trees are felled annually to grow and process tobacco. This dramatic process of deforestation causes a number of adverse effects, including loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and deterioration, and water pollution. And have you ever wondered what happens to all those cigarette butts that are strewn on the sidewalk? It turns out that at almost 4.5, they are the most polluted object in the world trillion thrown away annually.
And it’s not just nature that is affected by cigarettes. Smoking in your home damages the walls, furniture, and carpet while putting the residents of the home at risk. The remedy: Bring fresh air into your home to get rid of the smoke. Fresh air makes it easier for you and everyone in your home to breathe. Try throwing away old clothes or items that smell of smoke. Removing the lingering odor from tobacco smoke can also help remove a smoke trigger and reduce cigarette cravings.
If you stop smoking now, your impact on your smoking footprint will be greatly reduced. On this Monday, think about how smoking affects the air in nature and in your home. Let in some fresh air and refresh your commitment to quitting.