No Smoking Day, 8th March 2017

No Smoking Day, 8th March 2017

No smoking day was once again carried out in Gibraltar, with advanced nurse practitioner Elizabeth Borges attending the day and making additional appointments for anyone interested in quitting. Members of the Environmental Agency also supported the event, highlighting the impact of smoking not just on health but also on the environment.

Important facts to consider:

  • Nearly 35% of the Gibraltarian population smoke
  • Men are more likely to smoke than women
  • A single cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals, many of which are highly poisonous
  • More than 3/4 of Gibraltarian smokers have a parent who smokes
  • Smoking affects individual health and the health of those around them

[Statistics from the Gibraltar Health and Lifestyle Survey 2015]

  • Cigarette manufacturing processes damage the environment extensively from the point of deforestation to the death of several species of animal.
  • The tobacco industry causes air pollution. Pesticides and other chemicals are added to the soil or crop; and the curing process, which uses special furnaces or wood-burning fires to bring about the right balance of moisture for smoking, releases harmful chemicals into the air.
  • The impact of tobacco growing on global deforestation is 2-4%, making a visible footprint for climate change.
  • Discarded cigarette butts and filters contain the same dangerous chemicals contained in a cigarette and every day millions of cigarette butts are left on the ground; they are toxic and non-biodegradable, remaining in sewers, beaches, soil, and bodies of water for several years.

[Information from the World Health Organisation]

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