Effects Of Smoking On The United States Essay

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Smoking has attributed to millions of preventable deaths in the United States. Many people who smoke profusely for years, end up contracting lung cancer (Tavernise & Gebeloff, 2014). Cancer is caused by viruses, bacteria, radiation and some chemicals – chemicals found in tobacco products used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. In recent years, the smoking rate has begun to decline, yet people of lower incomes continue to be at a higher risk of contracting lung cancer due to their smoking habits which are linked to community, economic and environmental factors.
I took a closer look at a newspaper article published by The New York Times. In “Smoking Proves Hard to Shake Among the Poor,” Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff point to the smoking craze that swept the nation in the early 20th century as a key cause of addiction within poor communities. Tavernise and Gebeloff state that after years of promotion and glamorization through films and advertisements, smoking has now become one of the most preventable deaths in America, especially among the poor and working class (Tavernise & Gebeloff, 2014). The effects of smoking tobacco products were not widely known. This began to swiftly change as a number of medical professionals began to see a connection between smokers and those who had lung cancer.
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