Nicotine And Tobacco

Essay by rafine1234 June 2005

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One out of three people who use tobacco will die from it. Nearly 3,000

young Americans each day become regular smokers. Of these, 1,000 will die early

from tobacco-related diseases. More Americans die due to complications from

smoking than from any other major killer such as AIDS, car accidents, drug abuse

and homicide. Why do so many people continue to smoke when they know the

possible risks involved? Many have become addicted to cigarettes because of the

addictive substance, nicotine, which cigarettes contain. How much did tobacco

companies know about this addictive substance, and what is their defense for

making addicts of their customers? Also, do people realize how much money they

are actually spending on cigarettes? These reasons and many more are the reason

tobacco is so addictive ( Nicotine, the chemical substance

found in tobacco leaves, is recognized as a highly addictive drug. Tobacco

originated from the Western Hemisphere and eventually spread to Europe by

explorers such as Columbus.

In the early 1600's the colonists introduced tobacco

to America, and eventually it became one of the major crop and trading

commodities of the Jamestown colony. Unfortunately people were not aware of the

adverse affects of tobacco until the 1960's. Since the public has been informed

about the possible health risks of smoking, over 38 million people have quit

smoking. Matherne 2 However, 50 million Americans, regardless of the medical

research, continue to put their health at risk. ( The

cigarette manufacturers used a series of unscientific techniques to make people

be skeptic about the addictivness of nicotine. The manufacturers invented a

definition of addictiveness, which said, addiction is "intoxication,

tolerance and a physical dependency that was manifested by

withdrawal"( Because smokers are not intoxicated, the

industry argued that it was ridiculous to concur that...