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Having started smoking as a teenager, Professor Robert West managed to kick the habit while at university, on a girlfriend’s urging.He has gone on to devote his 30-year career to discovering what works when it comes to giving up smoking.This page is regularly updated with atmospheric carbon dioxide level data; based on the previous month in the current year and history of saturation levels for the same month dating back to 1958.The readings are taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii.The average saturation levels in the table below are in parts per million.Note that over the entire record, CO2 saturation levels have rarely dropped in a current month comparison to same month in the previous year.Pre-industrial (recent history) levels are said to have been at around 280 parts per million.

Crucially, this helps to answer a conundrum that a lot of smokers have: why do smokers who don’t smoke every day often find it really hard to stop?

I've seen this explained as the "earth breathing in and out".

Most of the earth's land mass is located in the northern hemisphere, as is most of the earth's vegetation.

As soon as it dies, however, the C ration gets smaller.

In other words, we have a ‘clock’ which starts ticking at the moment something dies.