Research Paper on Tobacco
Nicotine use is a leading preventable cause of death in the world, directly and indirectly responsible for 440,000 deaths per year. The health problems that result in tobacco use tally an annual of $75 billion in direct medical costs (Slovic 36). That money spent on medical problems for smokers should be used to pay for more important things in our society such as schools, libraries, childcare, etc.
Because it takes approximately eight seconds for nicotine to reach the brain and each cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals, tobacco is one of the most addictive drugs in the United States. ("TIPS" 8). Dependency is defined as reliance for a substance that you can't live without. Smokers have a physical and physiological reliance …show more content…
A one-pack-a-day smoker deposits a total of one quart of tar into his or her lungs every year. An injection of one drop (70 mg) will kill an average-sized man within a few minutes. Most cigarettes contain somewhere between .2mg and 2.2 mg of nicotine. In 2001 an estimated 44.8 million adults were former smokers. Around 32 million out of 46.2 million smokers reported they wanted to quit smoking ("Secondhand Smoke" 4).
Eighty percent of adult smokers started smoking and became addicted before the age of 18. The tobacco industry targets youth, women, and ethnic communities in their advertising to replace the 3,000 smokers that quit or die every day (Slovic 42). They spend approximately $3.9 billion a year advertising and promoting cigarettes. Young people are easy targets for advertising because they don't yet understand the long-term health risks. 4.5 million