Despite recurring claims from the tobacco industry that their processes have become more “green” in recent years, objective research rarely, if ever, substantiates these claims. The tobacco industry plays a large role in deforestation around the world, both for room to grow tobacco plants and due to its huge use of paper. Cigarette smoke still releases the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane to the tune of 2.6 billion kg and 5.2 billion kg each year, respectively. In addition, tobacco farming practices still make use of harmful pesticides and is known for destroying soil through use of chemicals and intensive farming practices. In short, the tobacco industry has done very little real work to protect the environment in any way.
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