Smoking Statistics ? The Facts Behind the Smoke.

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Tobacco was first discovered by the European explorers, in the early 1500s when they crossed into the western hemisphere.? They saw the Native Americans using tubes to smoke tobacco plant leaves. They caught on very quickly and took the tobacco plant along with them. They planted it as a cash crop for export.

This was how? tobacco and smoking became a part of European culture. Tobacco was used in pipes and cigars or in the form of snuff which was inhaled through the nostrils. Today, cigarettes are the most preferred methods of smoking tobacco. Cigarettes are made of tattered tobacco rolled in a lightweight paper. It is available in different brands and qualities.?

The statistics related to cigarette smoking has changed considerable since? old times.
By the early 20th century, the smokers in America and Europe consumed more than 1,000 cigarettes per annum. Today in America more than 46 million people smoke 420 billion cigarettes per year. Around 25.1 million men and 20.9 million women are smokers. Smoking causes various dreadful diseases that kill about four million people every year. Every eighth second, someone somewhere in the world dies due to a smoking related disease.

The statistics are on the upsurge and? conditions are? deteriorating gradually. People feel that smoking relieves stress. Most of the people start smoking due to peer pressure and social acceptance. People think that smoking is cool and trendy. Children tend to follow examples of parents who smoke. Smoking is considered influential, desirable and a mature activity. People mostly take it as a thrill and find smoking as a good way to break the ice with strangers. However strong the cool factor may be, smokers are prone to disease and smoking leads to bad skin, hair, teeth and a dirty odor.

?Smoking is a risk to health, which increases as we continue to smoke over a period of time.
The above statistics show that smoking, although extremely harmful is a very common and prevalent habit. People must be made about the side effects of smoking. Health sector also makes policies to discourage this habit among youth. Mass media also play a very important role in this case. Advertisements on television and newspapers educate youth by making them aware about its effects

According to statistics, long-term smokers usually die from cigarettes because each smoke shortens? life by five minutes. A quarter of all deaths from heart disease and chronic bronchitis are interconnected to smoking. Due to the obvious harm of smoking, the society has taken steps in promoting anti smoking campaigns world wide. These campaigns help further the cause of eradicating this deadly habit from our society.