The tobacco production cycle (cultivation, processing, production, consumption and disposal) is a major ecological disaster. Neither the public nor the experts are sufficiently aware of the problem of the environmental impact of tobacco and nicotine. Tobacco control and climate protection are mutually reinforcing.
The WHO FCTC Framework Convention calls for the protection of human health as well as the environment. Its implementation can contribute to raising awareness and solving climate change. This is done, for example, by supporting alternative economic livelihoods for tobacco producers or tobacco cessation.
AT Switzerland raises public awareness of the ecological catastrophe caused by tobacco.
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Tobacco and its environmental impact: an overview. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO