Effects Of Smoking On The United States

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In the United States, tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death. Chronic cigarette smoking is associated with many adverse health effects and 70% of adult smokers started smoking when they were adolescents. The World Health Organization’s definition of adolescence is a period of development that corresponds to the period between the ages of 10 and 19 years. This age group is vulnerable to initiate risky behaviors such as cigarette smoking. According to the Surgeon General’s report in 2015 for preventing tobacco use among youth, every day more than 1,200 people in the United States die due to cigarette smoking and more than 3,200 people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. Today more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes. During adolescence and with continued smoking into adulthood, cigarette smoking causes both immediate and long-term significant adverse health effects and health problems. Lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many cancers are some of the associated health problems that may occur with cigarette smoking. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2015), since 1964 more than 20 million Americans have died from cigarette smoking and 8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2015) indicate that 9 out of 10 lung cancers and
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