We all ponder around this little blue marble getting on with our busy daily lives without really giving much thought to the planet in which we reside. For this reason Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, decided to create a national day which would help to raise awareness of the environment and the effects of pollution. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and has grown from strength to strength every year gaining a worldwide following with 192 countries at present celebrating it annually.
Usually the harmful effects that tobacco has on human health usually overshadows its ecological impacts on the environment. Sure we all know that cigarette smoke is toxic and we know that as far as litter is concerned cigarette butts can be seen on our roads, streets and parks in every city and town across the world, but not much is known on the whole regarding the negative environmental effects that cigarettes cause.
The process of tobacco cultivation is accountable for loss of varying organisms and species due to the use of pesticides, soil degradation, deforestation and water pollution. Since tobacco plants are weak and prone to a variety of various plant diseases large quantities of pesticides and herbicides are required to keep the plants in a healthy state.
Up to four miles of paper can be used every hour in the production of cigarette roll and packaging. That’s right, four miles EVERY hour - just think of the devastation this has on a global scale!
Significant Climate Change Footprint
The impact on global deforestation is around 2-4% making its footprint for climate change quite high. In developing countries large areas of forest are cut down annually in order to make room for tobacco crops. On top of this even more tress are cut down and destroyed for the curing process which involves the drying of the tobacco.
There are big movements in various industries across the world in order to cut their carbon footprints and overall have a positive effect on the environment however as an individual what can YOU do?
As a smoker you can certainly do your part by not only improving your own health but also that of planet Earth by making the switch to e cigarettes. The great thing is you don’t have to give up on the pleasures that come with smoking, you can still enjoy the taste, the sensation of taking a drag and blowing out the ‘smoke’ which will be replaced with harmless vapour and the hand and mouth actions that are associated with smoking.
Electronic cigarettes are also reusable! No more harmful cigarette butts to pollute our streets, rivers and lakes. In fact did you know that some statistics actually show that cigarette butts are the most common type of litter on Earth?
Also electronic cigarettes do not need to be lit in order for them to work. That’s right, all an e-cig user has to do is easily attach the battery and the cartomizer and inhale. As you have already realised this means no cigarette waste including the butts, ash, filters and even empty cigarette lighters that are thrown away.
Celebrate Earth Day With Simply E Liquid
To celebrate this important day Simply E Liquid is giving all its customers 20% off everything on our site starting today and finishing at midnight, Thursday 23rd April. We only have one Earth, if you smoke help towards not only improving your own health but also by creating a healthier planet in which all life can live by switching to electronic cigarettes.