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.
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
, and 12
graders showed an
approximate 50% decrease in cigarette use according to the survey while 12
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.
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