Cigarettes vs. vaping: The environmental impact

the environmental impact of smoking

the environmental impact of smoking

While there already is an overwhelming amount of evidence that links combustible cigarettes to many health risks and diseases, there are also other reasons to choose to vape as your nicotine delivery system. The environmental impact of smoking is substantial toxic emissions are being released into the air, second-hand smoke is harming the ecosystem, deforestation is happening at alarming rates and the littering of tobacco products is out of control. Yet, it all comes down to understanding that your ongoing choices towards this long-standing habitual routine possess the power to impact so much more than your future. Let us explain why the environmental impact of smoking is so detrimental.

E-cigarette emissions compared to combustible cigarette emissions

When you take a puff of a traditional cigarette, inhale and follow by exhaling the smoke into the air, the emissions that you’re leaving behind contain toxic, ecologically-threatened pollutants. So, when it comes to environmental emissions, the vapor that’s expelled from your e-cigarettes is far less invasive and damaging.

The contents of most e-juices contain five primary ingredients water, PG, VG, flavorings and various levels of nicotine — however, chooses to not use PG to make any of their signature flavors. Naturally, this means that e-cigarettes are allowing people to take environmental responsibility for their nicotine addiction.

In comparison, the contents of traditional cigarettes contain many toxic carcinogens hydrogen cyanide, tar, other cilia toxic agents and carbon dioxide emissions —  that greatly affect the planet and the atmosphere around it. Essentially, smoking is causing the world to heat up. So, it’s easy to see how we can all benefit from the switch.

Second-hand smoke vs. second-hand vapor

Simply put, second-hand smoke harms those around you. People who are in the vicinity of smokers are constantly being exposed to dangerous, life-threatening carcinogens. This puts them at the risk of developing health issues such as lung disease, heart disease and respiratory infections. While humans are at risk at the hands of second-hand smoke, animals who reside in a smoke-filled environment also possess a danger to their well-being.

That being said, the second-hand vapor is not known for leaving behind toxic air particles and since the ingredients are not deadly, there is no need to worry about what’s left behind once you’re finished puffing on your e-cig. The smell will be gone in seconds.

The rise of tobacco-caused deforestation

Upwards of 540 million trees are cut down each year in order to keep up with the high demand for traditional cigarettes. Moreover, it takes roughly an entire tree to make just 300 smokes (that’s only a carton and a half). Not to mention, forests must be cleared in order to develop fields in order to grow and cure the plant.

“Deforestation for tobacco growing has many serious environmental consequences – including loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and degradation, water pollution and increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide.”

In comparison, e-cigarettes are usable, recyclable devices that give vapers the opportunity to partake in eco-friendly awareness.

The world is overrun with cigarette butts

Did you know that cigarette butts are the most-littered item in the world? It’s astounding to know that something that’s so common in our everyday lives actually accounts for 30% of the world’s litter — with 4.5 trillion cigarettes littered worldwide each year. This reality is detrimental to our ecosystem. Not only do marine life, insects and birds often mistake cigarette butts for food, but these tiny pieces of garbage even lack the capability to degrade over time.

Furthermore, their e-cigarettes counterparts are reusable and when the time comes recyclable at most municipally-run depots.

Are there any other ways that vaping can help the environment? Tell us in the comments section below.


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