According to a 2015 report from Berkley Earth, air pollution each year claims more lives than AIDS, diabetes, malaria or tuberculosis. While the impacts of air pollution and society’s ignorance toward the issue continue to remain an issue of complacency in some industrialized communities, the dangers of smoking have been addressed with a more focused and funded effort in the U.S. and other industrialized countries.
More People Die from Smoking than from Air Pollution
ScienceDaily reports online with data from the World Health Organization (WHO) that air pollution collectively claims the lives of 4.6 million people each year across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, smoking takes the lives of more than 8 million people worldwide each year.
Media sources like The Guardian have shed light on this epidemic too. However, their numbers show an even more alarming statistic suggesting the number of global air pollution deaths each year is more than the 4.6 million lives suggested by the WHO. The Guardian made claims in 2018 that the stakes were higher and that smoking cigarette takes 7 million people annually.
The U.S. and Industrialized Nations – Government Funded Efforts
The WHO also reports that 80 percent of smoking-related deaths occur in industrialized nations. While the international focus on deterring people to stop smoking has not been properly directed toward the communities most in need of tobacco education, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been aggressively alarming Americans about the dangers that could be related to smoking. The federal government, which funds the CDC, still allows cigarettes to be purchased and consumed. With that ability for Americans to consume, 480,00 Americans are likely to die each year from cigarette smoking.
Cigarette Smoking – Part of the Air Pollution
The same report from Berkley Earthclaims, “Air pollution is arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in the world today.” According to LiveStrong.com, cigarette smoking contributes to air pollution through tobacco growing, manufacturing, transporting, consumption and disposal. The dangers of smoking cigarettes go far beyond killing smokers and second hand smokers. It contributes to the air pollution problem.
Two Global Killers, One with Even More Dire Consequences
Air Pollution Is A Big Problem. What’s Worse? Cigarette Smoking
While air pollution is a horrible problem that, according to The Guardian, can take two years off of a person’ life, it’s negative impacts are close to, but not worse than another huge global dilemma, cigarette smoking.
One Billion Global Smokers
The online health experts from WebMD claim that half of the one billion global smokers till die from tobacco use. However, even though alarming reports like this one have been released, access to tobacco has not been fully addressed. Smoking tobacco has remained a huge crisis in America’s high school. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids claims that 1.1. million of the United State’s high school student smoke tobacco.
Smoking doesn’t just take the lives of smokers and second-hand smokers. According to truthinitiative.org, more than 1.3 million pounds of harmful chemicals go into the earth’s atmosphere as a result of tobacco productions. Tobacco smokers also contribute to the earth’s horrific environmental picture. This is done, not just through of tobacco, but also with how it disposed of. Decomposing cigarettes slowly release toxins into Earth’s atmosphere. Eventually, these chemicals make it into the lives of everyone, one way or another.
Dangers Exist, as Does Inaction – at Least in the US
While the dangers of air pollution and cigarette smoking have become more integrated into society, lawmakers across the globe continue to set a double standard, amidst alarming individual and organizational reports that have shown the negative impacts of both of the global killers. Ironically, the Truth Initiative received $10 million in tobacco settlement funds, while the tobacco industry is still allowed to produce tobacco and make it available to the masses worldwide. This same type of ironic priority making is not just found in anti-smoking nonprofits. The U.S. federal government allows for tobacco products to be made, disseminated and consumed, while at the same time funding anti-smoking campaigns from the CDC.