In the United States, "smoking is the leading cause of preventable death." There are six other major causes of death in the U.S. They are alcohol abuse, drug abuse, AIDS, car crashes, homicide and suicide. If you combine all six of these causes, they "account for only half as many deaths each year as smoking does." As Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland said, " It is rare- if not impossible- to find examples in history that match tobacco's programmed trail of death and destruction. I use the word programmed carefully. A cigarette is the only consumer product which when used as directed kills its consumer." From 1900 to 2000, smoking has killed more than 100 million people. There are good statistics in this source. I will most likely use it in my paper.
American Council on Science and Health. (2003). Cigarette smoking: A public health disaster. In
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