30.07.2020 Cigarette Smoke Produces 2 Times More Air Pollution Than Diesel Car Exhaust
Environmental tobacco smoke produces fine particulate matter, which is the most dangerous element of air pollution for health. Environmental tobacco smoke is a contributor of air pollution particles. These fine particles are a risk factor for chronic lung disease which can be debilitating and sometimes fatal. They can lead to conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, and are also a risk for lung cancer. The environmental impacts of tobacco include tobacco growing and curing; product manufacturing and distribution; product consumption; and post-consumption waste. Tobacco products harm the environment in ways that go beyond air pollution and cigarette litter. "From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an overwhelmingly polluting and damaging process," states a 2017 World Health Organization report, “Tobacco and its environmental impact: an overview." "It is not just about the lives of smokers and those around them, or even those involved in tobacco production. What is now at stake is the fate of an entire planet." Credit: WHO
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.