There are many things in the world that are harmful to one's health; but one of the largest and most problematic health issues in our society today is the smoking of cigarettes. Nevertheless, according to researchers, it is declared that smoking is the most harmful substance that could cause you to harm yourself and those around you. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of death in our country, due to its harmful and addicting contents, tobacco and nicotine. Cigarette smoke contains 4,000 other chemical constituents and more than 40 of them are known to cause cancer in humans. Tobacco companies market these little white agents of death freely throughout society and the media; using ads, putting them in movies and television, even placing them in local deli's. Never caring that their products cause horrible effects, not only to the people that use them but also the people that are around them also, they continue to spend millions into getting society hooked on their cancer sticks. If the tobacco companies continue to consciously market their products, it is only fair that they be held responsible for turning society into slaves, dependent on items that, which every pull, brings them closer to the brink of death and disease. Tobacco companies should be held accountable for the deaths and illnesses caused by the use of their products.
Smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States, and nearly 5 million deaths worldwide. Cigarette related deaths total more than HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol abuse, motor vehicle related deaths, suicides and homicides combined. The causes of death can range from heart attack, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to various forms of cancer such as; lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer. Contrary to what most people believe about the effects of tobacco, damage done to the body is not just limited to an addict's lungs....
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