Phase One GROWING TOBACCO degrades soil, threatens biodiversity, and uses pesticides and fertilizers exposing farm workers to hazardous chemicals.
Phase Two TOBACCO CURING results in global deforestation for farmland and wood burning.
Phase Three TOBACCO MANUFACTURING produces different types of environmental harm including water and energy use, hazardous waste, and greenhouse gases.
Phase Four TRANSPORTING TOBACCO leaf and products globally yields significant air pollution.
Phase Five TOBACCO SMOKE has an impact on people who smoke, those around them, and the environment via toxic emissions and greenhouse gases.
Phase Six DISPOSING TOBACCO and cigarette waste contribute to substantial amounts of litter and leach toxic chemicals into the environment.
The environmental and health impacts of tobacco are vast and growing, and are particularly harmful to low- and middle-income countries.
Tobacco and its environmental impact: an overview. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. Retrieved from: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/255574/9789241512497-eng.pdf
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In the fall of 2021, CDC’s Global Tobacco Control Branch piloted in El Salvador the first Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) using electronic data collection (EDC) methods. CDC collaborated with Research Triangle Institute, the Pan American Health Organization, and the El Salvador Ministry of Education and Solidarity Fund for Health. Since 1999, over 180 countries worldwide have surveyed school-going youth by completing a GYTS through hardcopy answer sheets distributed to students in schools, then completed and shipped to CDC headquarters for processing. Challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, including no in-person schooling and shipping delays, severely limited the ability to conduct the GYTS. CDC worked with partners in El Salvador to pilot and subsequently developed an EDC version of the GYTS. Offering an electronic GYTS option aligns with CDC’s aim of helping countries enhance their capacity to monitor tobacco use among youth and provide information for their tobacco control programs to protect youth from harms of tobacco use.
In accord with this year’s World No Tobacco Day theme, “Tobacco: Threat to our environment,” offering an EDC process could offer significant environmental savings over time (e.g., from not involving paper, printing, shipping, travel). As Internet communication services become readily available in schools, an online GYTS survey could decrease time for fieldwork and data processing, while making data for action readily available. For example, fieldwork for the GYTS El Salvador EDC pilot was completed in approximately 2 weeks, instead of the usual 6–8-week process. CDC has already received requests from two new countries for completing an EDC version of the GYTS in 2022.
Last Reviewed: May 27, 2022
Source: Global Health