Should Smoking Cigarettes be Illegal?
edited: Thursday, December 10, 2009
By Nate Roderick
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Cigarette smoking is responsible for an estimated 443,000 deaths annually nationwide. So what is stopping these deadly products from becoming illegal?
The Addiction America Can't Live With or Without
Cigarette smoking is responsible for an estimated 443,000 deaths annually nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control reports the number of tobacco related deaths in the US is greater than all HIV/AIDS, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined. So what is stopping these deadly and addictive products from becoming illegal?
To put the number of tobacco related deaths in perspective, the CDC credits the notorious H1N1 virus with a mere 3,900 deaths since the flu first appeared in the spring [ii] - a fraction of the number of deaths caused by cigarette smoking. Yet even as the government spent billions preparing for pandemic outbreaks such as H1N1, the domestic tobacco industry spent $75 billion between 2000 and 2005 on advertising and promotion.[iii] Despite killing almost half a million customers annually, the tobacco industry is so profitable that it can spend more than a billion dollars a month attracting new business. Read more.