Chris Christie’s ‘command’ performance in the ‘act’ about his mother’s addiction to cigarettes has seemingly impressed millions of U.S. citizens in a positive way. These Presidential aspirants will do anything to convince some U.S. citizens that they are worthy to be President.
At the time of writing this, the video of his performance had received over 5 million views.
Would it be great if Christie and others on the Presidential campaign train advocate for the U.S. Congress to pass laws that ban cigarettes? Yes.
Cigarettes kill tens of thousands annually, yet anyone over 16 can buy them, sometimes with identification and many times without.
Below are some facts to consider:
Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.
More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
- For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
- Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
- Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
- Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
- Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
- Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
- On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.
The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on cigarette advertising and promotions.
In 2012, $9.17 billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes—more than $25 million every day, or more than $1 million every hour.
- Price discounts account for 85% of all cigarette marketing. These are discounts paid to cigarette retailers or wholesalers in order to reduce the price of cigarettes to consumers.
Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year.
Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year, including
- Nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults
- More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke
– source- (Center for Disease Control’s website)
By Karl A. Haughton