Much of the waste generated from tobacco production comes from pre-factory stages. We waste a lot of agricultural land that could be used to produce food in the process of growing tobacco, and as it is a disease-prone plant, a lot of pesticide, including the ozone-depleting Methyl bromide, is used. Furthermore, about 600 million trees annually are used to fuel the drying process for raw tobacco, and it is cured with about 11.4 tons of solid wood. (That’s where it gets its woodsy flavor.) In the actual manufacturing of cigarettes themselves, we use more than 6 kilometers of virgin tree paper per hour. Kicking the habit is not only good for your health, it’s good for the Earth.
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