One Puff Closer To The Grave

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Tobacco industries are very profitable, there is no denying that, but does this profit benefit the people’s economy? Tobacco companies want the people to think that tobacco is good for the economy even though it isn’t good for health (caner.org). The tobacco industry is one of the most profitable businesses in the US, making not million, but billions of dollars every year (cancer.org). The cost of smoking, however, is far higher than the income made from sales (cancer.org). In 2004, the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention estimated that smoking led to health cost and productivity losses that came to a whopping average of 10.47 dollars. (cancer.org).This is per pack (caner.org).
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These reports were the first step in a series of many steps that are still being taken more than 40 years later to diminish the impact of tobacco use on the health of the American people (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…). In 1969 congress adopted the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising act of 1965 and the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of 1969. The laws adopted required a health warning on all cigarette packages (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…), banned cigarette advertising (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…), and called for an annual report on the health consequences of smoking (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…). All of these precautions were taken roughly 40 years ago. Today, nothing has changes other than the fact that the list of harmful effect smoking has on people has grown. These death-in-a stick- creations are so bad they require a Surgeon General’s warning. A printed warning on each pack informing the user of how life threatening a cigarette can be. That should speak for itself. With the evolving social milieu, the population as given up smoking in increasing numbers (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…). Nearly half of all living adults who ever smoked have quit (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…). Things should not stop there! More than 45 million American adults still smoke (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…). 8 million of the 45 million that still smoke are suffering with a serious illness that resulted from smoking (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…). Of the 8 million, 438,000 Americans die prematurely each year as a result of tobacco use (History of the Surgeon General’s Reports…). We must continue to fight the smoking plague that has encompassed society.
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