Essay on Effects Of Cigarettes On The United States

1104 Words Mar 18th, 2016 null Page
Cigarettes were first introduced to the United States during the early 19th century, but tobacco was used as early as the 1600’s. Cigarettes started getting popular during World War I, when Army surgeons claimed cigarettes helped the wounded relax and ease their pain (“Smoking & Tobacco Use”). Since then, the tobacco industry has been booming in business and in 2014, the use of cigarettes in the United States was an estimated 40 million adults (“Smoking & Tobacco Use”). However, in the past couple of years, teens and adults has started the trend with the use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes that include batteries and replaceable liquid cartridges for repeated use and do not use tobacco. Instead, e-cigarettes deliver the addictive drug, nicotine, to a user’s lungs by using a heating element to heat e-liquid from the refillable cartridge and release a chemical-filled aerosol (“E-cigarettes and Lung Health”). The e-cigarettes have become very popular in teens and adults who are trying to quit smoking. There has been controversy over the claim that e-cigarettes are a safer and efficient substitution for smokers to quit their cigarette-smoking habits. The Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights organization provides a list of facts about the secondhand aerosol (vapor) that is released in to the environment by the e-cigarette user, which counter the claim that e-cigarettes are safe because of the toxins, particles, and carcinogens that were found in the aerosol…

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