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How does tobacco impact the environment?
- To make cigarettes, tobacco leaves need to be dried, often done by burning wood for as long as 7 days.
- This process destroys 494,000 acres of forest every year – that’s equal to one third the size of Orange County.
What’s with all the butts?
- Cigarette butts never fully decompose and are the most commonly littered item in the U.S. and the world.
- The chemicals and additives from the cigarette butts can end up in our rivers and lakes and be toxic to marine life.
What is the impact of tobacco production?
- When grown in low income countries (like Malawi, Ghana and Cambodia), tobacco contributes to undernourishment because it takes up land that can no longer be used to grow food.