Electronic Cigarettes: The Ramification Of Tobacco Smoking

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Tobacco cigarettes have traditionally been prevalent in society. However, as the health ramifications of tobacco use has been brought to light, many smokers look to abandon their pernicious habit. With the invention of the electronic cigarette in 2003 by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, an alternative to smoking emerged. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, produce a water-based vapor instead of the combustible smoke produced by the tobacco in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain a battery that heats a liquid containing nicotine, a variety of other chemicals, and sometimes propellants or flavorings, and then changes this liquid into vapor, which is inhaled, simulating the feeling of normal smoking (Hanson). As smoking rates
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According to 2015 statistics collection by ASH, the Action on Smoking and Health, “Every year, between one and five million pesticide poisonings are reported which result in the deaths of an estimated 20,000 agricultural workers worldwide” (Ash). Because tobacco requires more nutrition than other crops, after a tobacco harvest, the soil is prone to wind and water erosion, making the soil less cultivable for other food crops. At the same time, “although the global share of the agricultural lands used for tobacco growing is less than 1%, its impact on global deforestation is 2-4%, making a visible footprint for climate change” (Ibid). From the farming and manufacturing processes involved, tobacco planting has been detrimental to climate …show more content…
Batteries release harmful compounds into the environment when burnt in municipal waste combustors. “These harmful substances [from batteries] permeate into the soil, groundwater, and surface through landfills” (Puls). In the ecosystem, poisonous compounds come into the environment and the environment always bring them back to human; “Moreover, cadmium is easily taken up by plant roots and accumulates in fruits, vegetables, and grass. The impure water and plants, in turn, are consumed by animals and human beings, who then fall prey to a host of ill-effects” (Ibid). Batteries pose as the only environmental downside to electronic cigarettes. In response to this, e-cigarette companies have already started to recognize negative effects and inconvenience of batteries and started to produce e-cigarettes with USB chargers. Once e-cigarettes with USB chargers gain a larger presence in the market, companies will gradually give up to use

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