Writing Assignment 1 - Tobacco

Writing Assignment 1 - Tobacco - Tobacco Addiction In the...

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Tobacco Addiction In the world we live in today, tobacco use is one of the most commonly used substances in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 70.3 million citizens, 12 or older, use or have used some form of tobacco within the last month. If the math is done, that’s over one-third of the total population in the United States. Even though tobacco use is an obvious issue, there has been a pretty large decline since 1965, when tobacco use was even more common than today. According to the NIDA’s 2005 Monitoring the Future Survey, from the period of 1995 to 2005 there was a significant decrease in cigarette use by each of 8 th , 10 th , and 12 th graders. 8 th and 10 th graders showed an approximate 50% decrease in cigarette use according to the survey while 12 th graders were closer to the 25% decrease area. However, experts say that since then, these numbers are leveling off, or in other words, beginning to stop declining. They have suggested that the population needs to make these young kids more aware of the situation and the harm of smoking cigarettes or tobacco use in general. Studies have also been done to show that people with mental illnesses are more susceptible to the use of tobacco products. They also show that the decline we were seeing with the rest of the population did not pertain to these patients, which were mainly composed but not limited to; Post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. In most of these cases, the ratio could be 2 to 4 times the amount of the rest of the population, and even up to 90% use of schizophrenic patients. The use of tobacco is thought to be one of the leading causes of death, but definitely the most preventable cause of death in the United States today. More than 400,000 people die every year within the United States due to smoke-related causes. Over the past 40 years, it’s a proven fact that over 12 million citizens have died because of tobacco, and an estimated 25 more million current smokers will suffer a death from their addiction. Smokers contribute to a staggering $75 billion healthcare bill every year, which does not
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This essay was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course PY 101 taught by Professor Kinney during the Spring '08 term at Southeast Missori State University.

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