Cigarette Industry More Than Damaging To Lungs

September 27, 2017 – Jenny Mayer, a previous contributor of interesting content to 21st Century Tech Blog, has tackled cigarettes and smoking in this latest infographic. She writes:

“We all know that smoking is harmful to the human body, but there is actually a second damaging side to smoking and cigarettes. Both cigarette smoke itself and the waste from cigarettes can have a major impact on the environment.”

So how much damage is tobacco and smoking doing to more than just human lungs? I think you will find the statistics on discarded cigarette butts pretty appalling.

The arrival of Jenny’s infographic coincides with my visit to my rheumatologist to get a cortisone injection in my knee. To get there I walked the 1.2 kilometers to the subway with cane in hand. But as I walked it was impossible not to notice the refuse of cigarettes everywhere. I shared my observations with Jenny in an email. 

This is what I saw and obsessively counted thinking I might write about this very subject:

  • over 500 cigarette butts discarded on the sidewalks between my apartment and the subway.
  • 12 smokers seen on the street during my walk, all of them crossed in front of building entrances with receptacles to discard butts visible but only partially filled. 
If any of my readers are smokers, I do apologize for sharing this reality with you. It is a problem that needs to be addressed even more than dropped chewing gum that stains sidewalks and gets discarded in grates and sewers to end up blocking stormwater drains.



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Len Rosen lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a researcher and writer who has a fascination with science and technology. He is married with a daughter who works in radio, and a miniature red poodle who is his daily companion on walks of discovery.