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     It kills 1,200 Americans a day and 4.9 million people a year worldwide. It’s one of the most deadly mass-produced objects in the world. What is it? I’m talking about tobacco.

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing approximately 440,000 smokers a year. Smoking can cause chronic lung disease, strokes and coronary heart disease. It can also cause cancer of the lungs, as well as the esophagus, larynx, bladder and mouth. Almost 70% of the United States’ 46.5 million smokers want to quit, but many cannot without help. Nearly 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, it is projected that 5,000 people under the age of 18 try their first tobacco product. In 2001, 28.5% of high-school students reportedly smoked. If that rate continues, 6.4 million of us will die prematurely due to tobacco-related diseases.

In 2001, tobacco companies spent over $10 billion advertising their products, almost $2 billion more than the year before. Experts estimate that for each pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S., the government pays $7.18 in medical care and lost productivity. Smoking and tobacco-related products caused over $150 billion in yearly health-related economic losses between 1995 and 1999. Smokers spend an average of $3,000 a year on tobacco.

The CDC and the American Lung Association hope to reduce the percentage of smokers to 12% of adults and 16% of those under 18. If achieved, it will prevent millions of deaths.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Eimi said...
Oct. 21, 2013 at 9:58 am:
we shold think about Tobacco more because it is waste of money and not good for health. Also, we should think how to quit the tobacco from tobacco addicts. if my friend takes tobacco, i whould stop and help him or her. and i won't smoke forever.
 
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Eimi said...
Oct. 21, 2013 at 9:49 am:
we should think about Tobacco more because it's waste of money and not good for hearth. we should take care our body by ourselves and to think how to quit the tobacco immediately. If my friend takes tobacco, I would stop and help him or her.
 
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