Do most people in the United States smoke? Actually no, the majority of the people in the U.S. do not smoke. Only about 25% or 1 out of 4 adults smoke and only 20% or 1 out of 5 teen’s do. Most people start smoking around the age of twelve to fourteen. The time of death for the people who do smoke is about fifteen years earlier than non -smokers around their early sixties. In this past decade, the rate of smokers has been quite low, but every day 3000 people start smoking. That equals about 1,000,000 people a year. To balance the number of people who start though; about 1,200 people die from smoking each day, which leads up to about 1,438,000 deaths from smoking a year. That’s a lot of deaths, which can be prevented. (Boughton).
Who are the most vulnerable to the cigarette marketing ads? Kids and teens are by far the most vulnerable. Especially are those children who have low self-esteem, low academic achievement, no goals and low social status. Kids with these problems are more likely to be prone to give in to the pressures of siblings, peers and the media. To try to discourage teens from beginning the habit, most states have raised the taxes on cigarettes. Some, such as the District of Columbia have raised it to a high of 25 cents per pack. On the other hand, the states where smoking is a major cash crop such as Kentucky and Tennessee only have a tax of 2.5 cents per pack, so they don’t discourage kids from buying. (Internet) .
Why is Smoking so bad for you? Cigarettes contain over seven hundred chemical additives. Some of the chemicals you are less likely to know about are the heavy metals, humectants, casting agents, pesticides and insecticides added into a cigarette.