Smoking and tobacco production has a devastating impact on the environment.

Smoking and the Environment

  • Cigarettes are the most littered item in the world. About 4 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year.
  • Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable and still contain all the carcinogenic chemicals, pesticides and nicotine that make them so harmful.
  • Green tobacco sickness is an illness caused by the absorption of nicotine through the skin from touching wet tobacco leaves. Symptoms can include headaches, vomiting, dizziness and stomach pain.
  • Around 600 million trees are cut down every year to produce tobacco products.