Today, Tuesday, the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day, and this year's celebration of 2022 comes under the slogan "Tobacco .. Threatens our environment."
The World Health Organization said that this year's campaign aims to raise public awareness of the impact of tobacco on the environment, starting with its cultivation, production and distribution, and ending with its waste.
The campaign will give tobacco users another reason to quit smoking.
The campaign will also aim to expose the efforts made by the tobacco industry to "whitewash" its reputation and market its products as green.
The World Health Organization provides 100 reasons to quit tobacco:
Smokers are at greater risk of developing COVID-19 infection, developing severe illness, and even death as a result of this infection.
Bad smell when smoked.
Tobacco causes yellowing of the teeth.
Tobacco causes bad breath.
Tobacco causes skin to wrinkle, and makes you look older faster.
Tobacco makes the skin dry.
Tobacco increases the risk of psoriasis.
Tobacco is a threat to the health of a smoker's friends and family, not just his health.
More than one million people die annually as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke.
Non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of developing lung cancer.
Cigarettes are an important cause of accidental fires and deaths.
E-cigarettes also expose non-smokers and bystanders to nicotine and other harmful chemicals.
Exposure to second-hand smoke may increase the risk of developing TB infection, turning it into an active disease.
Exposure to second-hand smoke is associated with type 2 diabetes.
Smoking or using e-cigarettes around children impairs their health and harms their safety.
Children of smokers suffer from decreased lung function.
Exposure of children to e-cigarette liquid poses serious risks, as there is a risk that liquids will leak from these devices, or that children may swallow these liquids.
E-cigarettes cause serious injuries, including burns from fires and explosions.
School-aged children who are exposed to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke are also at risk of developing asthma, through inflammation of the airways leading to the lungs.
Children under the age of two who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home can develop otitis media, which can lead to hearing loss and deafness.
Quitting smoking reduces the risk of many diseases related to second-hand smoke in children, such as respiratory diseases, such as asthma, and ear infections.
Quitting smoking makes you a good role model for your children, friends and loved ones.
Tobacco use can negatively affect social interactions and relationships.
Quitting tobacco means no restrictions on where you can go without feeling isolated or having to go out to smoke.
Giving up tobacco can make you more productive, as you don't have to stop what you're doing in order to smoke a cigarette now and then.
Tobacco is expensive, and you can spend your money on more important things.
One study showed that smokers burn an average of $1.4 million in personal expenses, which include spending on cigarettes, medical costs, and more.
Tobacco use affects workers' health and productivity, leaving them vulnerable to missing work days.
Tobacco use leads to poverty by shifting household spending from meeting basic needs such as food and shelter to spending on tobacco.
Tobacco use burdens the global economy with health care costs to treat the diseases caused by tobacco, and human capital lost through disease and death.
Smoking reduces your fertility, as smokers are more likely to suffer from infertility.
Smoking cessation reduces the difficulty of conceiving, premature birth, low birth weight, and spontaneous abortion.
Smoking can cause erectile dysfunction. Smoking limits blood flow to the penis and is very likely to continue unless a man stops smoking early in his life.
Smoking also reduces sperm count, motility, and sperm shape.
Smoking is deadly. More than 8 million people die each year from tobacco, and tobacco kills half of its users.
Hookah smoking causes the same amount of damage as other forms of tobacco use.
Chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer, tooth loss, and brown teeth.
white spots, and gum disease.
Nicotine is more easily absorbed in smokeless tobacco than it is in cigarette smoking, which increases addiction.
When you buy tobacco, you provide financial support to an industry that exploits farmers and children. Tobacco farmers are exposed to ill health from nicotine absorbed through the skin, as well as from exposure to heavy pesticides and tobacco dust.
In some countries, children are employed in tobacco cultivation.
Tobacco use can worsen poverty.
The vast majority of those who work in the tobacco sector in general earn very little, while the big tobacco companies reap huge profits.
Heated tobacco products expose users to toxic emissions, many of which can cause cancer.
Heated tobacco products are, in nature, tobacco products;
Therefore, switching from traditional tobacco products to heated tobacco products does not mean giving up.
There is not enough data to support the claim that heated tobacco products are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are harmful to health and are not safe.
Children and teens who use e-cigarettes are at least twice as likely to smoke cigarettes later in life.
E-cigarette use increases your risk of heart disease and lung disorders.
The nicotine in e-cigarettes is a highly addictive drug in children, and can damage the developing brains of children.
Tobacco use is responsible for 25% of all cancer deaths in the world.
Tobacco users are more than 22 times more likely to develop lung cancer in their lifetime than non-smokers.
1 in 5 tobacco smokers will develop COPD in their lifetime.
Smoking can worsen asthma in adults.
Tobacco smoking more than doubles the risk of tuberculosis switching from a latent state to an active state.
Just smoking a few cigarettes a day, passive smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke;
The risk of heart disease increases.
Tobacco smokers have twice the risk of stroke and four times the risk of heart disease.
Tobacco smoke damages the arteries of the heart.
The use of nicotine and tobacco products increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Tobacco causes more than 20 types of cancer;
Such as oral cancer, lip cancer, throat cancer (pharynx and larynx), and esophageal cancer.
Smokers are more likely to develop acute myeloid leukemia, colorectal, kidney, liver, pancreatic, stomach or ovarian, and lower urinary tract cancers.
Some studies have shown a link between tobacco smoking and a higher risk of breast cancer, particularly among heavy smokers and women who start smoking before their first pregnancy.
Smoking is also known to increase the risk of cervical cancer in women infected with HPV.
Smoking causes many eye diseases that, if left untreated, can lead to permanent vision loss.
Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop age-related macular degeneration, a condition that leads to irreversible vision loss.
Smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts, which is a clouding of the lens of the eye that obstructs the passage of light through it, causing double vision, which makes surgery the only option to restore vision.
Some evidence indicates that smoking also causes glaucoma, a condition in which the pressure inside the eye rises, and can damage vision.
Adult smokers are more likely to suffer from hearing loss.
People who smoke tobacco in their lifetime lose - on average - at least 10 years of their life.
The risk of developing diabetes is higher in smokers.
Smoking is a risk factor for dementia.
It is estimated that 14% of Alzheimer's disease cases worldwide can be attributed to smoking.
Women who smoke are more likely to suffer from period pain.
Menopause occurs early in women who smoke by 1-4 years, because smoking limits the production of eggs in the ovaries, which leads to a loss of reproductive function, and subsequently lower levels of estrogen.
Tobacco smoking reduces oxygen delivery to body tissues.
Tobacco use reduces blood flow which, if left untreated, can lead to gangrene (death of body tissues) and amputation of affected areas.
Tobacco use increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Tobacco smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop complications following surgery.
Smokers are at risk of developing gastrointestinal disorders such as stomach ulcers.
Smokers are more likely to lose bone density and break it easily.
Components of tobacco smoke weaken the immune system, putting smokers at risk of developing lung infections.
Smokers who are genetically predisposed to developing autoimmune disorders are at increased risk of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, bacterial meningitis, postoperative infections and cancers.
Smoking also makes immunocompromised people, such as those living with cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, or cancer, at greater risk of developing comorbidities and premature death.
Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of fetal death.
Women who smoke or who are exposed to second-hand smoke during their pregnancy are at increased risk of miscarriage.
Stillbirth (birth of fetuses that die inside the womb) is also more common due to deprivation of oxygen to the fetus and abnormal changes to the placenta, due to carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke and nicotine in smokeless tobacco.
Female smokers are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy, which is a potentially fatal complication for the mother, as the fertilized egg attaches outside the uterus.
E-cigarettes pose significant risks to pregnant women who use these cigarettes, as they can cause harm to the developing fetus.
Children born to women who smoke, who use smokeless tobacco, or who are exposed to second-hand smoke during pregnancy;
They are more likely to be born prematurely, and to have a low birth weight.
Tobacco pollutes the environment.
Cigarette butts are among the most common pieces of waste worldwide.
Hazardous substances found in cigarette butts, including: arsenic, lead, nicotine, and formaldehyde.
These substances seep out from cigarette butts that are thrown into aquatic environments and into the soil.
Tobacco smoke can significantly contribute to air pollution levels in cities.
Matches, or gas-filled lighters, are used to light most cigarettes. If a single wooden match is used - for example - to light two cigarettes, the 6 trillion cigarettes smoked in the world each year would have to destroy about 9 million trees, in order to produce these trillions. The three matchsticks.
E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products may contain batteries that need to be disposed of in a special way, as well as chemicals, packaging, and other non-biodegradable materials.
Most of the plastic e-cigarette cartridges in use today are not reusable, or recyclable.
International companies tend to sell single-use cartridges, apparently in order to boost sales with repeat customers.
Emissions from tobacco production are estimated to be the equivalent of 3 million transatlantic flights.
Tobacco smoke contains 3 types of greenhouse gases: carbon monoxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, which pollute indoor and outdoor environments.
About 200,000 hectares are used each year to grow and process tobacco worldwide.
Deforestation for tobacco cultivation has many serious environmental consequences, including biodiversity loss, soil erosion and degradation, and water pollution.
Tobacco cultivation usually involves the use of large amounts of chemicals, including pesticides, fertilizers, and growth regulators.
These chemicals may affect the sources of drinking water, as a result of the wastes resulting from the areas of tobacco cultivation in those sources.
For every 300 cigarettes produced (about 1.5 cartons) one tree is needed to process the tobacco leaves alone.
With the production of 6 trillion cigarettes annually, they leave huge amounts of packaging waste, such as: paper, ink, cellophane, foil, and glue.