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One out of three people who use tobacco will die from itNearly 3000 young Americans each day become regular smokers Of these 1000 will die early from tobacco-related diseases More Americans die due to complications from smoking than from any other major killer such as AIDS car accidents drug abuse and homicide Why do so many people continue to smoke when they know the possible risks involved Many have become addicted to cigarettes because of the addictive substance nicotine which cigarettes contain How much did tobacco companies know about this addictive substance and what is their defense for making addicts of their customers Also do people realize how much money they are actually spending on cigarettes These reasons and many more are the reason tobacco is so addictive wwwtcbmjjournals Nicotine the chemical substance found in tobacco leaves is recognized as a highly addictive drug Tobacco originated from the Western Hemisphere and eventually spread to Europe by explorers such as Columbus In the early 1600s the colonists introduced tobacco to America and eventually it became one of the major crop and trading commodities of the Jamestown colony Unfortunately people were not aware of the adverse affects of tobacco until the 1960s Since the public has been informed about the possible health risks of smoking over 38 million people have quit smoking However 50 million Americans regardless of the medical research continue to put their health at risk wwwhistorianorg The cigarette manufacturers used a series of unscientific techniques to make people be skeptic about the addictivness of nicotine The manufacturers invented a definition of addictiveness which said addiction is intoxication tolerance and a physical dependency that was manifested by withdrawalwwwtcbmjjournals Because smokers are not intoxicated the industry argued that it was ridiculous to concur that nicotine was addictive The tobacco industry also falsely claimed that because smokers can quite on their own that it is impossible to be addictive However they failed to note that no
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