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11 Ways You Didn't Realize Smoking Damages The Earth

You're hurting way more than yourself. Visit THE FACTS NOW to learn the truth about tobacco.

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6. Discarded cigarettes start fires. Lots of fires.

An estimated 90,000 smoking-related fires occurred in the U.S. in 2011, resulting in approximately 540 deaths, 1,640 injuries, and $621 million in damages. And these numbers tend to be similar EACH YEAR.

9. Every year, 200,000 hectares of land — which could include as many as six hundred million trees — are cleared to support tobacco production.

10. And this contributes to deforestation, a major global environmental problem.

The deforestation, at a rate of 200 million acres per year, is occurring in some of the world's poorest countries — countries that need the land to grow food.

Visit THE FACTS NOW to learn more about how tobacco hurts you and the environment.

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*Proctor, RN. (2011) Golden holocaust: Origins of the cigarette catastrophe and the case for abolition,
Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, page 492

†Madeley, John. (1999) Big Business Poor Peoples; The Impact of Transnational Corporations on the World's Poor, Zed Books, pages 53, 57

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