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Kicking the Habit The Economic Effect on the NationFor about 400 years tobacco companies have been at the top of the American enterprise But lately in the last 50 years we have been learning about the health hazards linked to tobacco In 1964 the Surgeon General announced that smoking can be a health hazard After that discovery nicotine which is in tobacco was found to be a very addictive drug It was also found that currently there are about 9000 deaths annually due to second-hand smoke Lately government agencies have been cracking down on the tobacco companies by banning their advertisements on television and by imposing a tobacco tax to go to healthcare costs and to state and federal governments Is tobacco worth all the problems it causes Should it be banned and cut from our economy or would that have too much of an economic effect on our nation What effects do tobacco sales have on our people and economyIn the United States today there is estimated to be about 24 million male smokers and 223 million female smokers Out of that there are about 31 million teens that smoke The total number of tobacco-related deaths is about 419000 annually So is it worth it to keep tobacco around if so then whyOne of the main reasons we keep tobacco around is because it has been around for so long and has a big impact in our economy on our culture and people Spending for cigarette advertising in 1993 was 3398 million dollars Annual tobacco revenues add up to 48 billion dollars If tobacco sales were to decline or stop in the United States there could be major problems not only with the addicted users of tobacco but with our economy About 47000 workers are employed by the nations tobacco companies if sales were to drop or end they could be laid off and be out of a job Tobacco products generate
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