The smoking habit is the principal cause of illness, disability and death around the world. More than five million of people in the world die due to smoking habit every year. If we don’t take care of this in 2030 the amount will be ten million. Seven million of these deaths would be in poor countries.
According to statistics in the 20th century the world over 100 million people died of tobacco-related diseases. However, the proportion of smokers has not decreased, or even increased due to the limited understanding of the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, knowledge is limited.
According to the Healthy People 2020, each year, approximately 480,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illnesses. Further, more than 16 million Americans suffer from at least one disease caused by smoking. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). The effect of cigarette smoking is alarming. Use of tobacco in the form of smoking is not only dangerous to the one who is smoking but also to a non-smoker. Tobacco harms a human physically and mentally. Major cause of lung cancer is smoking. It is important to prevent the use of tobacco because it is the largest preventable cause of diseases and death in the United States. According to Chin, Hong, Gillen, Bates and Okechukwu (2012) Blue-collar workers smoke at higher rates than white-collar workers and
Smoking is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. The exposure to tobacco smoking negatively impacts the health of an individual over time by increasing the risks of developing diseases of the respiratory and circulatory systems (Ministry of Health, 2005). In particular, smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. With repeated exposure, inhalation of tobacco into the lungs causes a build up of tar, altering lung tissue (Cockerham, 2007; Marmot and Wilkinson, 2006). This direct use of tobacco accounts for the death of 5 million people around the world. In the United States, 444,000 deaths per year are attributed to smoking, were 13 years of life lost for a male smoker and 14.5 years lost for a female (Cockerham, 2007; WHO, 2012). In New Zealand, tobacco use is the main cause of preventable death, contributing to around 4600 deaths
Cigarettes are the most important substance to address in the United States because they are not only extremely addictive, but they have the potential to cause a variety of serious health conditions and affect individuals who are close to and care for the user. Tobacco use poses a serious health threat especially among the young population of America and has significant implications for the nation’s public and economic health in the future. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the impact of cigarette smoking on the economy is huge. Seventy-five percent of American health care money spent is due to the effects of tobacco causing various chronic diseases. Such diseases include, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, congenital defects, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke, birth defects, etc. “Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduced the health of smokers in general” (CDC, 2015).
It is estimated that “one out of four high school seniors and one out of three young adults under age 26 are smokers”, which adds up to 42.1 million Americans who legally smoke (Smoking). This high amount does not include minors, or people who use tobacco products other than cigarettes and cigars. This number has decreased greatly since its peak in 1964, but the health effects are still prevalent today (Health). Lung cancer is one of the most infamous results of smoking, with 82.4% of all lung cancer cases attributing to smoking (Facts). “Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,154,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking” (Facts). This includes oral cancer, diagnosed especially among users of smokeless tobacco, usually associated with teeth loss and gum recession (Health). Other common illnesses that correlate with tobacco use include bronchitis, emphysema, and pneumonia, which cause 113,100 American deaths annually (Facts). The Secretary of Health and Human Services states “This year alone, nearly one-half million adults will still die prematurely because of smoking…and if we continue on our current trajectory, 5.6 million children alive today who are younger than 18 years of age will die prematurely” (Health). Imagine how many lives would be spared had the nation not succumbed to the addiction of
Cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable disease or death in the United States resulting in 480,000 per year (CDC). In comparison, there has never been a reported death due solely
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. Nicotine addiction is a serious and expensive problem. Smokers have decreased productivity and on average make less than non-smokers. Smoking is lethal to the human body through heart disease, respiratory illness, and increased likelihood and mortality of cancer.
Millions of people are smokers in the United States. “In 2011, an estimated 19.0% (43.8) million United States adults were current cigarette smokers” (“Cigarette Smoking in the”). This number does not include all the underage smokers that are unaccounted. Cigarette smoking has very serious and fatal side effects. Some of these side effects include asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, COPD, and Buerger’s disease. Tobacco use is a preventable death sentence. Smokers are not only harming themselves but the people around them breathing the second-hand smoke. “Each year, about 46,000 nonsmokers in the United States die from heart disease caused by second-hand smoke” (“Cigarette Smoking in the”). This number is
In the past century, Cigarettes could be found everywhere in American society. Yet, in the past five decades, they have been at an all time low. Although they are still common in the United States, they are not as common due to their dramatically declining consumption rates amongst adults. Several factors combined to provide one of the most successful and maybe even under-appreciated public health victories in our lifetimes. Some reasons of this dramatic decline include; increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many different diseases like cancer and lung disease etc. Each day more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke there first cigarette, and 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers. 9 to 10 smokers start before 18, and 98% start by the age of 26. From 1964 to 2014 the proportion of adults smokers declined from 42.0% to 18.0%. More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since 1964, including approximately 2.5 million deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke. 5.6 million children alive today will die early from smoking. That is equal to 1 child out of every 13 alive in the US today. 18 million males over the age of 20 suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). Smoking
Tobacco can cause nearly 6 millions deaths per year. If the current trends stay the same there will be nearly 8 million deaths per year by 2030. If smoking continues in Americans younger than 18, around 5.6 million of America’s youth are expected to die prematurely from smoking. Life expectancy for smokers is at 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking related disease by about 90 percent. The younger a person is when they start smoking, the more likely they are to smoke for longer and to die earlier than people who do not smoke. The difference between morality and rates for both current smokers or former smokers and never smokers measures the avoidable increase related to cigarette smoking exposure. The number of premature deaths is the product of this difference and corresponding number of current or former
Tobacco smoking is a major public health threat for both smokers and non-smokers. There is accumulating evidence demonstrating that smoking causes several human diseases, including those affecting the cardiovascular system. Indeed, tobacco smoking is responsible for as high as 30% of heart disease related deaths in the United States (US) each year1. Being the single most preventable risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, a trend towards tobacco harm reduction started years ago2. As tobacco usage declined over time in the US, industries introduced another alternative to it in 2007 known as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes; and claimed it to be) as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking3. Since then, the number of
Every day, more than 3,600 teens smoke their first cigarette and about 900 teens become daily smokers. Over 15 billion cigarettes are sold worldwide daily. Approximately one out of seven people smoke tobacco products which is about 1,142,857,143 people! 5 million of these smokers die every year and it costs them over 4,000 dollars each year to maintain their torturing addiction. Tobacco product consumption is a serous problem that must be resolved. These products are advertised as a product that will make users look cool and sexy to all people including kids. The more children that are attracted to this deadly product, the more deaths the world will have from the diseases that tobacco causes. Although tobacco products are the leading preventable cause of death and should be illegal, it is nearly impossible to achieve this goal. Instead, the tobacco industry should focus its efforts on creating a much healthier product for smokers.