We often hear the negative impacts of smoking repeated to us over and over with a single focus: our health. There are multitudes of informational sources out there that are dedicated to providing us with information and facts about how smoking negatively impacts our health. But what about the other negative factors that smoking is responsible for – like waste for example? Cigarettes produce waste just like many other products, but the attention given to this waste is often buried under health claims and other anti-smoking focuses.
For starters, it’s probably best to define what exactly waste is when applied to cigarettes. Waste, as a general definition is the unused part of a product that we simply discard because we have no necessity for it. Think about a cigarette – what are the main waste ingredients that go unused? We can think of two main things: the pack or carton that they come in and the filter that we throw away when we’re done smoking.
Now, these things might not seem like huge sources of waste in the grand scheme of things, but they add up quicker than you might think. Think of it this way: there are millions upon millions of smokers in the United States alone. If each person averages out to be a pack per day smoker, we’re talking about millions of packs that are discarded each day! On top of that, if each pack contains 20 cigarettes, that exponentially increases the amount of waste per person that can be attributed to cigarettes!
The materials that are wasted each and every day by people making and people using cigarettes is phenomenal.
You might not think of it this way, but eCigarettes can actually be a more eco-friendly alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Why? Because they produce far less waste in the grand scheme of things. For example, because an eCigarette is an electronic device, it’s battery powered. Instead of throwing away an eCig after using it (save for disposable eCigs) you simply recharge the battery and keep on vaping!
You can also reuse filters in a sense as well. If you’re someone who vapes the same thing every day, you don’t have to worry about changing your cartomizer or cartridge very often – at least not until it’s old and needs replacing. This cuts down on the number of wasteful materials that are produced by a single person over the course of even a single day.
If you’re someone who’s concerned about the world around them and is looking for any little way to keep things a little greener, try an eCig on for size! Likewise, if you’re someone who already uses eCigs and understands the benefit you’re having o the planet, keep on vaping and showing your love for the Earth!