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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there were a little over 300000 deaths related to AIDS in 1997 Thats like taking half the people in Baltimore county and making them disappear Another 75000 died from alcohol In addition to that 20000 died from illegal drug use and 25000 died from motor vehicle crashes But if you were to add those numbers up they still wouldnt equal the amount of deaths that were related to tobacco In fact each year smoking kills more people than AIDS alcohol drug abuse car crashes murders suicides and fires combined Tobacco is a concern not only for the person that is smoking but it also effects the population that is not a tobacco user by increasing medical costs and taxes and increases the mortality rate with second hand smokeAccording to the United States Public Health Service there are approximently 54 million Americans that smoke each year The use of tobacco has easily become number one cause of death and concern in the United StatesSmoking is direcly linked to bronchitis emphysema coronary heart disease cirrhoses of the liver peripheral vascular disease bladder cancer peptic ulcers lung cancer larynx cancer lip tongue and gum cancers tobacco amblyopia adverse drug reactions tachycardia increased blood pressure decreased exercise tolerance coronary vasoconstriction elevated blood carboxyhemoglobin concentration and increased tendency to thrombosis In addition 14 percent of all premature deliveries may be due to maternal smoking and 87 percent of all lung cancer cases are due to tobacco Also The CDC says people who smoke increase their risk of death from bronchitis and emphysema by nearly 10 times The CDC calls it the number one preventable cause of pre mature death in the US And the Surgeon General has called it the most important of the known modifiable risk factors for coronary heart disease in the United States What makes it so hard to quit Well many researchers consider nicotine to be the
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