Vaping can be eco-friendly. Single-use pods can be avoided, and the materials within batteries can be properly recovered and reused. The same cannot be said about traditional cigarettes. Commercial tobacco farming has caused the loss of billions of hectares of rainforest, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and resulting in irreversible damage. For every 15 packs of cigarettes, one tree is cut down. Fumes from smoking tobacco cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals that contribute to air pollution. Air pollution from just 3 cigarettes is 10 times greater than a diesel car's exhaust.
Although vape products are not entirely environmentally friendly, their production can be drastically better as technology develops. However, traditional cigarettes have a traditional production method, which results in a devastating impact on the environment.