Tobacco Growing Is Harming the Environment, WHO Study Says

The production, distribution and consumption of tobacco results in deforestation, climate change and waste, according to a new report from the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a comprehensive scary data on Tobacco and its environmental impact worldwide reported by TheNewsGuru.

World No Tobacco Day is being marked today (May 31). And tobacco waste is the largest type of litter by count globally. This figure includes the 900,000 that die from exposure to second hand smoke.

The minister said he has given up smoking 15 years ago of his own free will. “Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air“.

By 2030, the Convention and the Global Goals aim to cut premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third, including those tobacco-related, namely heart and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes. Counselling is also made available to users who wish to quit tobacco after suffering the consequences of its usage and also for those who wake up in time to save themselves.

Tobacco-related illnesses kill more than seven million people per year.

She also exhorted all to take pledge against tobacco use which is a threat to development.

On the occasion of WNTD, the World Health Organisation and its partner organisations have urged the world community to highlight the fact that the “tobacco control supports health and development”.

Millions of kilogrammes of non-biodegradable cigarette butts are discarded every year, it said. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.

Experts warned about the dangers of tobacco use and cited ways to combat this.

He said that nearly 15 out of 17 SDGs are linked to tobacco control. Women and youth are the prime targets of the tobacco industry.

The National Forum on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada was held in Ottawa in March of 2017. However, he underlined the need to raise the Federal Excise Duty to the tune of 70 per cent of the retail price.

Manufacturing and transporting tobacco also has a major impact on the environment. Nevertheless, he said, “the evidence is really astounding as to how tobacco is extremely unsafe and harming the environment”.

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