Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Latest Survey Proves Fewer Americans Are Smoking

A new survey has been done that shows that fewer adults in America are smoking. This survey includes legal cigarettes and cigars that can be bought at your local drug store, not illegal drugs. According to the US Center of Disease Control, 20.9 percent of Americans over the age of eighteen smoked tobacco in 2005, but only 19.3 percent are smoking in 2010. This sudden drop in 1.6 percent could have been caused by the awareness that smoking is unhealthy, over-the-counter nicotine patches, or a doctor recommendation… No matter what triggered the drop, it went down 1.6 percent in just five years! 

Smoking became popular a few decades ago when people didn’t realize the health risks. Now that people are realizing and seeing the effects of tobacco, they are quitting. Smoking damages your lungs, esophagus, and everything in between. It can damage your brain, heart, and vocal cords as well. I feel that smoking tobacco is a nasty act for your body and the environment. Smoking pollutes the air with harmful smoke and litters the ground with tiny pieces of paper leftover from smokers that are driving.

 I think it’s good that the 1.6 percent of Americans quit. It makes the United States of America look like a better, cleaner place. Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, which will also decrease America’s death rate from cancer. Many places, such as bowling allies, have eliminated the smoking area. If only restaurants would do the same, they could play a great role in making America drug free!

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