The Epidemic of Smoking

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According to the American Lung Association, smoking is the #1 preventable cause of death in our country. The preventability regarding the prevalent issue is sparking a lot of controversy and debate throughout our nation, instituting law changes and increased awareness. Over 393,000 people die each year from smoking and nearly 50,000 people die from secondhand smoke, which is indicative of how powerful tobacco is, which creates more than 4,000 chemicals when burned (American Lung Association). Smoking has unfortunately become a widespread problem especially among teenagers. Peer pressure has turned this highly addictive drug into not only a seclusive activity, but also a social engagement brought about by curiosity. In addition to cigarettes, products such as e-cigs and hookah have made it increasingly easier to experiment with nicotine, allowing the user to smoke in a non-combustible, smoke free environment. The public health sector is responsible for preventing disease, promoting health, and prolonging life for the millions of Americans who so desperately need support. Organized efforts have been made in attempt to alleviate the predicament, which sadly will still continue to kill years off American lives. There’s no definitive answer to whether the situation will worsen or progress. However, it’s evident that inventions such as the e-cig and hookah have attempted to help people quit smoking. About 1/3 of smokers who use nicotine therapies such as drugs and patches end up relapsing. Critics say that the new popular devices are safe alternatives and could provide public health benefits if millions switched (Johnson). However, it appears that further evaluations are needed and new anti-smoking methods need to be brought about. The... ... middle of paper ... ...Disease Control and Prevention, 05 June 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . Johnson, Steven R. "Sparking Controversy - Modern Healthcare." Sparking Controversy - Modern Healthcare. Modern Healthcare, 21 Sept. 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. Kenny, Tim, Dr. "Patient.co.uk - Trusted Medical Information and Support." Patient.co.uk. Patient.co.uk, 16 May 2012. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . Lung.org. American Lung Association, n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . "New Tobacco Atlas Estimates U.S. $35 Billion Tobacco Industry Profits and Almost 6 Million Annual Deaths." New Tobacco Atlas Estimates U.S. $35 Billion Tobacco Industry Profits and Almost 6 Million Annual Deaths. World Lung Foundation, 21 Mar. 2012. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.

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