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The History of Smoking in America

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Smoking is a prevalent sub-culture within American society. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention it is estimated that 18% of American adults smoke. Now 18% may not sound like a startling number but this small percentage is actually about 42 million people. (29-34) They may not be one of the largest sub-cultures in the country but this is a sub-group that millions have chosen to be a part of. With this many Americans a part of this sub-culture it is important to analyze the culture both present and past. Smoking and America has a long history that still has new twists and turns to this day. Using these evaluations of both past and present there is a possibility one can predict the next big event within the sub-culture of smokers.

Millions are smoking every day in America and while they are not great in number compared to the overall population they do pack a punch on the health system of the nation. The CDC reports that cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the nation that accounts for almost 500,000 deaths a year. Those who haven’t passed away from this deadly habit may be one of the 16 million citizens who suffer from a smoking related disease such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. (29-34) As an additional cost to this health-risking lifestyle “for every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking.” This fact comes for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who also state that smokers tend to live 10 years less than their counter-part. (2014) This is the present state of smoking and its medical impact on the sub-group, now it is time to look into the history of the sub...

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