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Tobacco Facts and The Environment

City of Berkeley Public Health Division
1947 Center Street, Second Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
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510-981-5330 (Phone)   510-981-5395 (Fax)   510-981-6903 (TDD)

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  • Each day in California 300 youth light up for the first time, about one-third of them will die from a tobacco related disease.

  • The World Health Organization has predicted that by the year 2025, 500 million people worldwide will have died from a tobacco related illness. This is the equivalent to a Titanic sinking every 43 minutes for 27 years.

  • Tobacco use kills more people everyday than three jumbo jet crashes. 

  • Tobacco causes more deaths than AIDS, auto accidents, alcohol and drugs, homicides and suicides and fires combined.

  • Nicotine is more addictive than cocaine or alcohol. 

  • Smoking causes wrinkles, acne, yellow teeth, bad breath, heart disease, cancer. 

  • Ninety percent of all U.S. smokers start smoking as teenagers. 

  • The tobacco industry exploits the ethnic heritage of various groups, targets youth and links cigarette smoking with independence, thinness and power.

Tobacco and The Environment

  • A cigarette-manufacturing machine uses four miles of paper per hour to roll and package cigarettes.

  • The tobacco industry burns as much as one acre of forest for every acre of tobacco cured, using 12% of all the timber felled in the world.

  • On average, a tree is cut down for every 300 cigarettes (about a two-week supply for a pack-a-day smoker).

  • In Brazil, the country’s 100,000 tobacco farmers need the wood of 60 million trees a year.

  • Tobacco cultivation involves a great deal of pesticides, which must be used in the early stages of tobacco growth. Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides poison farm workers, seep into the soil and pollute waterways and ecological systems, and poison livestock and food crops.

  • In the U.S., all cigarette butts thrown away in 1993 weighed as much as 30,800 large elephants.

  • Cigarette butts are washed into rivers, lakes and the ocean from city streets, through storm drains.  Seabirds, animals and fish eat them by mistake.  Their bodies have no way to digest the filters and they can die.

  • Cigarette butts take an average of 25 years to decompose.

The City of Berkeley, Tobacco Prevention Program is seeking to develop a buddy relationship with a health program in another country to combat tobacco's destruction to our planet.

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Tobacco Prevention Program
City of Berkeley Public Health Division
1947 Center Street, Second Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 981-5330 (Phone)
(510) 981-5395 (Fax)

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