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Cigarettes Effects on Society

Cigarettes Effects on Society

Cigarette's Effects on Society

1) In 2010, the combined profits of the six leading tobacco companies was U.S. $35.1 billion, 2)U.S. tobacco growing, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales contributed $15 billion in wages to 660,000 American workers.

Positives

3) Nicotine is the main stimulant compound found in cigarettes and is implicated for mental/cognitive enhancement. 4) Cigarettes allow for social connections between people. E.g Cigarette breaks at work E.g (2) Cigarette groups outside bars/clubs/restaurants

Negatives

1) Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States

2) Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke.

3) An estimated 7,600 smoking-related fires in residential buildings occur each year in the United States. While smoking-related fires accounted for only 2 percent of all residential building fires, they were a leading cause of civilian fire deaths, accounting for 14 percent of fire deaths in residential buildings.

4) The average American smoker spends anywhere from $1500-$4000  on cigarettes annually causing severe financial deficits for those in poverty especially.

5) Smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity.

Smoking cigarettes is viewed as deviant behavior, disgusting, odored and unhealthy to non smokers, however, to smokers, these same cigarettes are viewed as relaxing agents, necessities, and mental catalysts.

Positives: 1) E-cigarettes do NOT have that distinctive odor 2) E-cigarettes remove 99% of all harmful toxins from cigarettes 3) E-cigarettes help smokers quit tobacco 4) Over 30% of smokers who switched to E-cigarettes quit smoking tobacco 5) E-cigarettes save smokers anywhere from $500-$1500 per year.

Conclusion

In today's society, cigarettes are portrayed as being disgusting "cancer-sticks" and a negative stigma has been surrounded them and the people who are addicted to them. As a smoker, i am involved in this stigma and it definitely exists. I started smoking due to being around cigarettes almost daily, i used cigarettes as a way of getting a break at my job like many others do as well. While smoking cigarettes on my breaks i noticed my co-workers going out for a smoke at the same time and seeing familiar faces walk by and many other reappearing factors. I then realized the effect on society that cigarettes truly have besides the health risks and the nasty smell. Cigarettes allowed for a social connection between me and my co-workers bringing us together as smokers. It sounds comical but inspired me to do this project on cigarettes. In the end however, it is a nasty habit that will need to be get of by switching to E-cigarettes my next pay check, it can be said that E-cigarettes will be cause for a new social upcoming of E-cigarette smokers as well.