We all know that smoking cigarettes cause heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and premature death; and can cost thousands a year. On average smokers die 15 years younger than non smokers. In 2005 almost 5million people worldwide were killed through smoking and around 603 000 from second hand smoke.
Have you ever thought about what cigarette litter does to the environment? There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today and worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased every minute with 15 billion sold each day, and it is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are thrown away yearly. Cigarette filters are made from cellulose acetate (natural plastic) which takes as long as 10–15 years to biodegrade. These used filters are filled with toxic chemicals with bits of tobacco still attached to them which contain more toxins than the filters do themselves.
When thrown away they make their way into our environment – the chemicals leach into our water and soil where they harm the living organisms. Cigarette butts are also a threat to small children if left within their reach and to wildlife mistaking discarded filters for food. Discarded cigarette butts also pose a significant threat to our environment in terms of fire which kills wildlife and vegetation. So next time you want to throw your filter away think about the effect it could have on the environment.
Have you ever thought about the animals that are tested on by tobacco companies? ALL tobacco companies test on animals. ”Every packet of cigarettes you buy funds cruel animal testing. Each one you smoke furthers unecessessary exploitation in the name of big tobacco” - BECAUSEWEMUST
Whilst conducting research into tobacco, dogs, cats, primates, rabbits and rodents have toxic chemicals rubbed into their eyes and skin, are forced to inhale smoke through tubes inserted into their throats, and are force fed poisonous substances. Some dogs and cats have their chest cavities cut open or legs cut off to test the effects of nicotine on the circulatory system and reflexes. Pregnant primates are injected with nicotine and their child dissected after birth. These tests are not only cruel, but they are irrelevant to human health as animals’ bodies don’t react to cigarettes and their ingredients as humans’ do.
Stop smoking, do it for yourself, do it for the planet, do it for the animals.