The “lungs of the earth” also get ill from tobacco. Every year 200,000 hectare of tropical forest are cleared for the production of cigarettes, leading to soil degradation as well as loss of habitat and biodiversity.
Tobacco requires five times more fertiliser and pesticides than food plants. The chemicals used strain groundwater resources and are harmful to health. Those who suffer the consequences are not just the tobacco growers but all those who live in the cultivated area.