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CIGARETTES AND OUR ENVIRONMENT :
By Rebecca Hosking
The smoke from the end of a cigarette dissipates very quickly within the natural air so there fore has more damaging results on local environments. Just like the smell that lingers in your hair and fingers and even the fabrics in your home those smells are attached to chemicals that linger in our lungs. Not only the lungs of the smoker but everyone within the vicinity. Each day 6,000 people will take their first puff from a cigarette and at least half of them will become regular smokers. That is a lot of pollutants in the air we breathe. Secondhand smoke is an environmental menace. It fills the air with many of the same poisons found in the air around toxic waste dumps. This smoke kills about 3,000 nonsmokers each year from lung cancer. Not a very nice thing to carry on your conscience is it? Along with those pollutes most smokers feel they have the right to toss their butts out their car window while they drive down the road. Snuff a lit end out in the sand while they sun on the beach. Or even worse toss their cancer stick into an innocent lake or river while boating and enjoying the fresh air. Nearly 12.5 million acres of forest are destroyed each year to provide trees to cure tobacco. That's about a tree every two weeks for the average smoker. Each year smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides, and fires -- combined! Well hopefully I have planted enough trees to make up for the ones I've killed due to this nasty habit?