This was sent in by a viewer of ours from her trip to the Caribbean. It is interesting to see the difference in marketing from different cultures. Cigarette smoke (including second hand smoke) accounts for 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States. This is more evidence to how addictive smoking can be. Could you imagine if your office chair had a note “sitting in this chair will paralyze you”? For those who reach for E-cigarettes, please make sure this is a transition step and not a complete replacement for the traditional as these still contain harmful chemicals and create dependancy.
Here are some smoking statistics taken from CDC.gov (2011):
|Race/Ethnicity||Cigarette Smoking Rate|
|American Indian/Alaska Natives (Non-Hispanic)||31.5%|
|Age||Cigarette Smoking Rate|
|65 years and older||7.9%|
|Education Level||Cigarette Smoking Rate|
|Less than high school||25.5%|
|High school graduate||23.8%|
|Income Status||Cigarette Smoking Rate|
|Below poverty level||29.0%|
|At or above poverty level||17.9%|
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and
- Health, 2014 [accessed 2014 Feb 6].Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. QuickStats: Number of Deaths from 10 Leading Causes—National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2013: 62(08);155[accessed 2014 Feb 6].