Absolutely, cigarette smoke contains greenhouse gases, the main contributer to global warming. Specificly, cigarettes contain methane and carbon dioxide. Worldwide, smokers put 2.6 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide in the air every year, roughly the same as 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline being burned.
Scientists at The University of Washington’s climate-research department say no, the trace amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in cigarettes do not have a noticeable effect on the environment. However, tobacco growing is very hard on the environment. The plant absorbs about 6 times the potassium as other crops do, leaving the soil severely lacking in nutrients. In developing nations, tobacco is grown until the soil is useless, then forest are clear-cut to make new growing space. Roughly 600 million trees are lost annually this way; leaving 22 million net tons of CO2 in the atmosphere due to the loss of so many carbon dioxide absorbing organisms.
Additionally, 21,120 feet of paper is used AN HOUR to wrap and package cigarettes. Add into that the amount of energy it takes to run these production plants and the fact that cigarette butts are not biodegradable and can take months or years to break down… you can see that although the smoke itself may not contribute to global warming, the production of cigarettes themselves definitely does and that cigarettes are very, very bad for the environment.
During smoking, carbon is released because the materials that burn are of plant origin. This also increases the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere.
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