I’m brooding. I haven’t had a cigarette I can remember smoking in the last 12 days so I felt it was a good time to do a sustainable tobacco update. When I started doing a little online research my fellow members of humanity began a campaign of disappointment. I found a few articles that actually addressed “eco-friendly” cigarettes, but when I heard the arguments against them I was dumbfounded. I’m used to anti-smokers hurling featherweight complaints but to actually berate a product for being “more ecologically friendly” seems to me to be a new low.
Should Cigarette Companies get to Market Eco-Friendly Products?
This was a main question that I encountered during my reading and honestly it was infuriating. I’m not mad that a movement has started to bare companies that greenwash (claim to have sustainable credentials that aren’t viable) their products. We are at the point now though where the term “green” has been slapped onto everything from diapers to private jet companies (http://www.flygreenjets.com/ I kid you not) so to me picking on cigarettes as an argument for ecological growth seems wasted. A pack-a-day habit, still doesn’t compare to the drive down to 7-11.
America’s most sustainable smoke
I do, however, have an update that is valid to the sustainable cigarette topic.
The Canadian company du Maurier released a new packaging around 2006 that was considered “more environmentally friendly” but like a trusty steed, good ole American Spirits still hold onto their mantel with the release of the 100 percent organic cigarettes.
A Few of the Haters: There are definitely valid arguments below about environmentally friendly truths, I just don’t like to be singled out. Smoking may kill polar bears, directly or indirectly, but I’m guessing the nickel-metal hydride batteries popped inside any Toyota Prius probably aren’t too for the environment either. And unlike RJ Reynolds they won’t give a full list of their ingredients.
Tobacco Ingredients for the Curious and Masochistic
The biggest surprised encountered during my search today was how easily RJ Reynolds offered up their ingredients and how exhaustive their list was.
From now on I’m going to find one “greenwashed” product a week to highlight and avoid.
Just a little more potential greenwash: Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage