Each year nearly 600 million trees are destroyed to provide
fuel to dry tobacco. Put in another way one tree is destroyed
for every 300 cigarettes. Globally, tobacco curing requires
11.4 million tons of solid wood annually. Curing is the drying
of the tobacco leaf which in most developing countries means
that acres of trees are chopped down and burned in order to
dry the tobacco leaf. In southern Africa alone an estimated
200,000 hectares of woodlands are cut annually to support
tobacco farming. This accounts for 12% of deforestation in
Additionally, further deforestation is caused by the paper
use associated with wrapping, packaging, and advertising cigarettes.
A modern cigarette manufacturing machine will use more than
six kilometres of paper per hour.
The tobacco manufacturing process produces liquid, solid,
and airborne wastes. In
1995, the global tobacco industry produced an estimated 2262
million kilograms of manufacturing waste and 209 million kilograms
of chemical waste.