Anyone who regularly deals with vaping and e-cigarettes has heard a lot about the numerous health benefits compared to conventional cigarettes. Even from a scientific point of view, there is a consensus that vaping is a great way to quit smoking. A topic that will certainly interest many smokers and those who want to quit in the future is the question of environmental friendliness. Can the technical equivalent of the cigarette be more ecological? In this article, we will show you why the answer must be “Yes!” and how much more environmentally friendly vaping is.
Smoking And The Environment
Smoking is not only a disaster from a health perspective but also bad for the environment. With all the thoughts about the health of smokers, it is often forgotten how the various toxins they contain affect the immediate environment. The damage to the environment begins with the cultivation itself. Tobacco is often grown in monocultures, which need to be supported by many chemical substances to remain free from pests. To create more areas for tobacco cultivation, many hectares of forest are cut down yearly at the expense of local plants and animals. But the damage isn’t over even after the cigarette is made and finds its way to humans. Even the most meticulous smoker can’t avoid the occasional dumping of a butt outside a designated receptacle. The toxins from the stubbed-out cigarette get into the groundwater, are absorbed by animals and plants, and cause great damage. The toxins should not be underestimated; a single cigarette is enough to make up to 50 liters of water undrinkable and harmful to health. The air pollution is, of course, also to be named. Everyone knows the danger of passive smoking, and vapers try to avoid it so as not to end up relapsing. Hundreds of millions of cigarettes smoked daily have a measurable effect on the air we breathe. And in the end, the only way to sum it up is that many of the effects of smoking on the environment are irreversible. Toxic substances can sometimes no longer be removed from the water and end up in our drinking water or fields and finally in our food.
If you look at the effect of cigarette consumption, mindful smoking and the person who meticulously picks up every cigarette butt can hardly be put in a good light. The environmental balance can be improved, but the best effect is to stop smoking.
What is the effect of switching to e-cigarettes?
It makes the most sense to first look at some numbers to capture the exact effect. Smoking produces no fewer than 4 billion cigarette butts every year. Only a fraction of these are properly disposed of; even then, the toxic ingredients cannot be completely rendered harmless. Plastic toxins all end up in our environment. For this reason alone, one cannot judge vaping as anything but ecological and environmentally friendly in comparison. Not only is the consumption of e-liquids with e-cigarettes about 95% less harmful than cigarettes, but you are also doing your part to protect the environment. However, you can do more to make vaping more eco-friendly by doing the following.
What to do with old batteries?
Recycling is a well-known topic. But very few vapers know that many parts of the e-cigarette can be recycled. This applies to most batteries in particular. There are several ways to dispose of a used battery properly. First, contact the local waste service provider, who will inform you about nearby disposal stations. But local electrical retailers or electricians usually have a recycling station or at least know how and where you can dispose of old batteries so that they can be recycled and do not pollute the environment. Electronic waste, in particular, is very easy to dispose of correctly, and the knowledge you contribute to environmental protection makes such behavior even more attractive.
Anyone who regularly deals with vaping and e-cigarettes has heard a lot about the numerous health benefits compared to conventional cigarettes. Even from a scientific point of view, there is a consensus that vaping is a great way to quit smoking. A topic that will certainly interest many smokers and those who want to quit in the future is the question of environmental friendliness. Can the technical equivalent of the cigarette be more ecological? This article will show you why the answer has to be “Yes!” and how much more environmentally friendly vaping is.