Introduction. Tobacco Use Throughout The United States

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Introduction Tobacco use throughout the United States has become an epidemic, not only among adults, but among adolescents as well. People do not realize the effects of tobacco or the consequence of using tobacco among the youth and adolescents. What are the leading factors of adolescents using tobacco? Do peers and parents have an influence on tobacco use among adolescents? Throughout this paper I will discuss the effects of tobacco use, the statistics of tobacco use among adolescents, and other influences of tobacco use among adolescents. Definition of Core Concepts In this paper I will focus mainly on the question of, do peers and parents have an influence on tobacco use among adolescents? The core concepts I will be exploring…show more content…
In 1881, 16 years after Duke began the commercial cigarette, James Bonsack invented the cigarette-making machine with the help of Duke’s son, James. The production of Bonsack’s machine could produce about 120,000 cigarettes a day (healthliteracy.org). This was the moment when cigarette smoking became a widespread epidemic and has increased throughout the years. Importance of Issue Effects of Tobacco Use “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States (cdc.gov).” We cannot push this topic to the side and think it will change soon. This topic needs to be addressed now. People need to know the magnitude of tobacco and the effects it has on individuals and the influential effect it has on adolescents. “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States (cdc.gov).” Since there are two types of tobacco use, Smoking tobacco and non-smoking tobacco, smoking tobacco is the most commonly used substance of the two. “Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke (cdc.gov).” A recent study in 2015 estimated that 36.5 million adults of the United States population were current cigarette smokers (cdc.gov). Cigarette Sales Cigarette sales in the United States is the highest selling tobacco product on the market. “During 2016, about 258 billion cigarettes were sold in the

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