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Giornata mondiale senza tabacco 2022

Il fumo non danneggia solo la salute delle persone, ma anche quella del pianeta

FILE - This March 28, 2019 photo shows cigarette butts in an ashtray in New York. On Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Lung cancer is the nation’s top cancer killer, causing more than 135,000 deaths each year. Smoking is the chief cause and quitting the best protection. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
FILE — In this June 2, 2020 file photo demonstrators protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The country is one of just a few around the world to have banned tobacco sales during the pandemic and the only one to still have it in place.  (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)
People gather for the opening ceremony of the tobacco auction floors in the capital Harare, Wednesday, March, 30, 2022. Zimbabwe tobacco selling season opened amid a pledge by the government to stop deforestation and child labor on farms. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A man who did not want to be identified holds a lit cigarette while smoking in San Francisco, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. City officials in San Francisco have voted to ban all tobacco smoking inside apartments, citing concerns about secondhand smoke. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, to approve the ordinance making San Francisco the largest city in the country to ban tobacco smoking inside apartments, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Cigarette butts and residue fill a smoking receptacle outside a federal building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Activists hold no-smoking signs during a campaign on a street to mark World No Tobacco Day in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Tobacco auctioneers sell tobacco during the opening of auction floors in the capital Harare, Wednesday, March, 30, 2022. Zimbabwe tobacco selling season opened amid a drive by the government to stop deforestation and child labor on farms. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
FILE - This May 17, 2018 file photo shows packs of menthol cigarettes and other tobacco products at a store in San Francisco.   As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try and influence the process, which has the potential to save thousands of lives while wiping out billions in tobacco sales.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Women sort tobacco at a farm on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, April, 9, 2022. Zimbabwe, Africa’s biggest tobacco grower, has opened its selling season for the crop amid pledges to fight deforestation and child labor in response to pressure from rights groups, environmentalists and international buyers. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Secondo l’Oms (Organizzazione mondiale per la salute), il fumo non è una minaccia solo per la salute dei fumatori (diretti e indiretti), ma anche per il pianeta. L’industria del tabacco, infatti, inquina l’aria, la terra e le acque, con impatto diretto sulla salute umana e su quella dell’ambiente. Questo il messaggio scelto per la Giornata mondiale senza tabacco 2022, che cade oggi 31 maggio.

Secondo l’Oms, l’industria del tabacco distrugge ogni anno 8 milioni di vite umane, 600 milioni di alberi, 200 mila ettari di suolo, 22 miliardi di tonnellate di acqua. In più emette 84 milioni di tonnellate di CO2, che contribuisce all’effetto serra e quindi al riscaldamento del pianeta.

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