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    We hear constantly that man made Co2 is a big contributor to Global Warming due to carbon footprints of industry and cars.

    Can anyone tell me how much of a contribution cigarette smoke and or the carbon footprint of the amount of smoking in the world contributes to the amount of Co2 in the atmosphere?


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    I found some data:

    http://www.smoke-free.ca/factsheets/...6TotalChem.PDF

    Although this does not show Co2 which I would have thought would have been produced from the lit end of a cigarette.


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    No but I can tell you that cigarettes only release back into the atmosphere the amount of CO2 they absorbed whilst growing, so if your aim is to ban ciggies, then it will malke a net difference of zero. Secondly a car driving for 1 mile puts more pollution into the atmosphere than the avreage smoker does in a year, that pollution comes from stored hydrocarbons which have been locked up for millions of years, so in theory 1 gallon of petrol/gasoline will increase CO2, (by about 22lbs) whereas ciggies do not contribute (other than the cellophane wrapping!).
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    http://scienceu.fsu.edu/content/toba...alwarming.html

    "The smoke from cigarettes also contains greenhouse gases. Cigarette smoke contains carbon dioxide and methane. Smoking worldwide releases about 2.6 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide in the air every year. It also releases about 5.2 billion kilograms of methane every year. Tobacco growing, curing, and smoking all add to the greenhouse effect and global warming."

    I'm not looking to ban anything I don't believe man-made Co2 can affect the current climate change as I think this is just a natural cycle of the Earth cooling and heating up.

    I am however interested in the debate, car owners and big industry seem to be the current scape goats and that allows penitly taxes to be levied against people. I had not heard of any data recording the impact that other pollutants such as smoking were having on the environment - which I think is a little odd! Don't you? why look at car pollution and not smoke pollution?
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    Cigarette smoke, whatever it comprises is essentially organic, it can only put into the atmosphere what it took out a year or so before, indeed burning plants, leaves some of it's carbon in the form of ash, whereas allowing it to decay naturally causes almost all of it to return as CO2 with the various bacteria emitting large quantities of methane. Then there's the toxins that are left in the lungs. As to the industrial production, I hate that argument since it omits the fact that the workers would be doing something else. All man's industrial activities produce some pollution. My guess would be the ovreall net effect of smoking [in terms of global pollution] is zero or a net gain. If you increased smokers income by tham all stopping then they would probably use the extra money to buy bigger cars, more holidays or tecno-junk, all of which would produce far more pollution. Why not Joggers? after all in running around they emit more CO2, and jogging is pointless there is simply no need to jog to keep fit!.
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    I see the standpoint you are taking and I would agree if it was a simple process of gathering a plant and chopping it up and passing it on. But it’s not!

    Just like petrol tobacco is collected and processed with additional treatments and chemicals before being fit for use. Both are consumer products that are combusted and produce pollutions as a by product of using them.

    So although I see your argument I would counter that by virtue of the fact that cigarettes are a manufactured product based on the industrial treatment of a natural resource which is then combusted which is not a natural occurrence for the resource in it’s natural state, then it in my opinion isn’t to much to ask if the effect of smoking has been investigated in any scientific terms the same way as other man made pollutants.
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    I have not seen anything on this in terms of Global warming, I consider this due to the reasons I offer. I'd be interested to know what chemicals are added (other than 'salt-petre').
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    Quote Originally Posted by HaloBurn
    http://scienceu.fsu.edu/content/tobaccoyou/enviroment/docs/globalwarming.html

    "The smoke from cigarettes also contains greenhouse gases. Cigarette smoke contains carbon dioxide and methane. Smoking worldwide releases about 2.6 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide in the air every year. It also releases about 5.2 billion kilograms of methane every year. Tobacco growing, curing, and smoking all add to the greenhouse effect and global warming."

    I'm not looking to ban anything I don't believe man-made Co2 can affect the current climate change as I think this is just a natural cycle of the Earth cooling and heating up.

    I am however interested in the debate, car owners and big industry seem to be the current scape goats and that allows penitly taxes to be levied against people. I had not heard of any data recording the impact that other pollutants such as smoking were having on the environment - which I think is a little odd! Don't you? why look at car pollution and not smoke pollution?
    Methane is around 8 times stronger (as green house gases go) - FACT.

    How many cattle are there in the Unites States that are reared for our lust of junk food ? (probably a lot more than they used to be) - and cows fart a lot ! and produce a LOT of methane !!!

    anyway, as i've always said.......global warming going the way it does, soon Britain will be experiencing mediterranean weather.........

    ...........Lets make it happen :wink:
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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