Essay on Tobacco Use And The Preventable Cause Of Death

1846 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 8 Pages
In the United States, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. Approximately 480,000 deaths result from the use of this drug annually. The most common tobacco related death occurs by smoking the substance, usually found in the form of cigarettes. The second occurs by merely being exposed to its second hand smoke (“Fast Facts”). The average NFL football stadium can be filled five times over by the people whose lives will be lost because of this drug. The third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. is alcohol consumption, which causes the death of around 88,000 people annually ("Fact Sheets - Alcohol Use and Your Health"). Marijuana, in comparison, is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose, but most people do not know that. They are too busy labeling it as something and do not care to check their facts. As more of the delusions surrounding the drug are straightened out, people become more accepting of it. In one of the recent Gallup polls, which test public opinion, 58% of Americans support legalizing marijuana (Saad). The government, however, has been hesitant in making a decision concerning this drug’s legalization, and everyone is left wondering why. If more effort were put in to clear up the misconceptions concerning the drug, more people and the government would realize that the legalization of marijuana in the United States would be beneficial; it would result in a decrease in crime within the country and its neighbors, a boost in the…

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