E-cigarettes are changing the world slowly, and every time a smoker chooses to switch to electronic the repercussions are great. On a personal level, being healthier, having more convenience, and saving money are great. On a wide scale, the benefits are enormous: second hand smoke continues to dwindle, and just imagine how many cigarette butts are not being poured dangerously into the environment. All over the United States, and the world as well, governments are tackling the problem of cleaning up, reducing, and restricting this kind of avoidable pollution.
Have you ever stopped to think about the impact cigarettes have on the environment? We all know how bad they are for the health, and how they can be deadly in so many ways, and not just to the smoker, but to those around who come into contact with the second hand smoke. But cigarettes have taken a massive toll on the environment and pollute in various ways, making them a very scary predicament for the planet as well as it’s inhabitants.
It is both a national as well as international situation, affecting animals and people alike. According to the UN, 40% of the pollution in the Mediterranean Sea is from cigarette butts, which is a huge amount, though not entirely surprising with how populated the surrounding areas are, and how dependent on tourism it is. In Ecuador, cigarette pollution accounts for half of the pollution on the coastlines. Cities in the United States such as New York, Chicago, and Green Bay, Wisconsin, and states such as California and Maine have taken matters into their own own hands, trying to tackle the problem locally. In 2011, New York City imposed on of the largest and toughest smoking bans in the country. It restricted smoking in heavy pedestrian traffic areas like the plaza in Times Square, 1,700 parks, and public beaches, marinas, and boardwalks covering 14 miles. In LA and Chicago, smoking is entirely prohibited in parks and playgrounds- as it should be. Smoke kills! Luckily, if you are smoking electronically, you are probably enjoying a lot more freedom without a guilty conscious.
All of these bans and restrictions were met positive recognition from health and environmental advocate agencies, though definitely not by smokers and smoker’s rights groups. Either way the argument goes, it does not change the facts that cigarette pollution kills millions of creatures in wildlife, and the effects of cigarettes kill millions of people. Looking for a better way? If you’re a smoker, there’s no better time than now to try out an electronic cigarette starter kit with all of our kits priced at 25% off!