Essay On Tobacco In America

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Tobacco has been around in America for many decades. Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world. Tobacco use is a licit substance that has caused over one hundred million deaths worldwide and more than 480,000 people per year in America. Tobacco use is reported to cause more deaths more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. Smoking-related deaths account for nearly one out of every five deaths in the United States every year, more than 1,200 deaths each day. It has been estimated that a person’s life expectancy is shortened by fourteen minutes every time she or he smokes a cigarette (Levinthal). Exposure of secondhand smoke is reported to cause 50,000 deaths in related to tobacco use Exposure to secondhand smoke has similar effects on the brain of both smokers and nonsmokers. In 1993, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its conclusion from available research that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), the side-stream smoke in the air that is inhaled by nonsmokers as a result of tobacco smoking, causes lung cancer (Levinthal). Even though a person is not directly beside a smoker, the toxic from the…show more content…
Tobacco use is the leading cause for lung cancer as well as a major factor in the cause of deaths in cardiovascular disease. Tobacco use is very harmful to the body, that it has the ability to harm nearly every organ in the human body that results in life-threatening diseases and many other serious health problems. Over 16 million Americans are living with a disease that is caused by smoking. Smoking and tobacco use increases risk of developing diseases such as; diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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