How Exactly Does Smoking Affect Our Environment?

We all know that smoking is harmful to the human body, but there is actually a second damaging side to smoking and cigarettes. Both cigarette smoke itself and the waste from cigarettes can have a major impact on the environment.

In this infographic below, we’ll take a look at just how much damage smoking does on the environment and highlight some off the shocking statistics surrounding recklessly discarded cigarette butts too.

Now only does smoking have an effect on your health; it also has an effect on your wallet.

Smoking has been one of the biggest health concerns for decades now, but did you know smoking can cost a person between $6,500 and $13,500 a year? The average cost of a cigarette averages out to be around 31 cents, which comes out to $1,358 a year. The hidden costs come in the form of higher insurance premiums and loss of insurance credits. The total cost of smoking with these factors adds up to a much greater financial sacrifice.

So, if you’re looking to quit, how do we kick the habit? Perhaps you could look into smoking alternativesThis study shows the difference between reward and penalty based systems:

In a study of 2,500 smokers affiliated with CVS, participants were enrolled in two different programs: a reward-based one and a penalty-based one. In the reward based-program, individuals were offered an $800 reward if they were able to go six-months without smoking. In the penalty-based program, individuals submitted a $150 deposit at the start, and after six-months if they had succeeded they would receive the deposit back and an additional $650, but if they failed they would lose their initial deposit.

Researchers found that penalties such as losing a $150 deposit for cessation program failure nearly doubled one’s chances for successful quitting. Furthermore, those in the penalty program were five times as likely to quit compared to those in free counseling or nicotine based therapy. While overall success rates were still relatively low at the end of the study, these results are promising and directly applicable to many other addictions and health afflictions.

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Infographic source: GREYHAZE.CO.UK

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