Posted by: audreybenenati | December 28, 2009

7 Resolutions, With a Green Twist

by Raquel Fagan

Resolution #3: Kick the Nic

Maybe you tried last year, and the year before that…but if it didn’t stick, just try again.

For more motivation, let’s start with your wallet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., cigarette smoking costs more than $193 billion annually. And smoking doesn’t just wreak havoc on you, secondhand smoke costs more than $10 billion in health care expenditures.

But what do cigarettes cost the planet? According to TreeHugger, “Each year, nearly 600 million trees are destroyed to provide fuel to dry tobacco. Put in another way, one tree is destroyed for every 300 cigarettes. Globally, tobacco curing requires 11.4 million tons of solid wood annually.”

But once the crop is stable, it takes quite a bit to keep it going. “Tobacco is a sensitive plant prone to many diseases. It therefore requires huge chemical inputs: up to 16 applications of pesticide are recommended during one three-month growing period.”

But the planetary harm of cigarettes doesn’t stop at production. One of the most environmental damaging results of the cigarette industry lies in the trash. During the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers collected 1,362,741 cigarette butts along U.S. coastlines.

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