Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world. That translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually. Worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased a minute, 15 billion are sold each day, and upwards of 5 trillion are produced and used on an annual basis. There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, and if current trends continue, that number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025. This topic of tobacco is very important because tobacco is the number one cause of death. The main points that would be covered are why so many people use tobacco, why it harms the health of you and others around you, and the benefits to quitting smoking. Tobacco was once popular in the American culture because it was once seen that only high-class people smoke. Today, teenagers to elderly people smoke tobacco. Worldwide, one in five teens age 13 to 15 smoke cigarettes. In an article Ptitled Youth Tobacco Prevention by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (CDC) it states, “More than 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age. Additionally, adolescent smokeless tobacco users are more likely than nonusers to become adult cigarette smokers.” Kids are still picking up smoking at the alarming rate of 3,000 a day in the U.S., and 80,000 to 100,000 a day worldwide. In the same article it also states, “Each day in the United States, approximately 3,800 young people under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 1,000 youth in that age group become daily cigarette smokers. “ That is why so many people use tobacco. In Fit and Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness by (Fahey, Insel and Roth), it states, “Tobacco use is associated with 8 of the top 10 causes of death in the United States; personal tobacco use and second-hand smoke kill about 440,000 Americans each year, more than any other behavioral or environmental factor.” Smoking causes...
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