The Effects Of Tobacco On The United States Essay

1002 Words Oct 11th, 2015 5 Pages
In 2014 approximately 264 billion cigarettes were sold in the United States. Although the number of smokers in the United States has been steadily decreasing tobacco is still the single most preventable cause of death and a significant public health concern (Maxwell, 2014). Despite increased awareness and education, nearly one in five Americans still smokes, and almost three thousand children a day will try their first cigarette. Of those three thousand children approximately 270,000 will develop a daily smoking habit and thirty percent of those daily smokers will die prematurely (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). In addition to a decreased life expectancy of approximately ten years, tobacco use kills more than five million people annually and is responsible for ten percent of all adult deaths (Jha, Ramasundarahettige, Landsman, Rostron, Thun, Anderson, & Peto, 2013). In fact, so many people die from smoking that tobacco is a top five risk factor for mortality and kills more people annually than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2014).
The economic costs associated with tobacco use are as shocking as they are costly. Although a pack of cigarettes may cost approximately six dollars, smoking related illness cost the United States a staggering three hundred billion dollars annually. Of this cost, approximately $170 billion is due to direct health care expenditures…

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