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.

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Here are some smoking statistics taken from CDC.gov (2011):

Race/Ethnicity Cigarette Smoking Rate
American Indian/Alaska Natives (Non-Hispanic) 31.5%
Asians (Non-Hispanic) 9.9%
Blacks (Non-Hispanic) 19.4%
Hispanics 12.9%
Whites (Non-Hispanic) 20.6%


Age Cigarette Smoking Rate
18-24 years 18.9%
25–44 years 22.1%
45–64 years 21.4%
65 years and older 7.9%


Education Level Cigarette Smoking Rate
Less than high school 25.5%
GED 45.3%
High school graduate 23.8%
Some college 22.3%
Associate degree 19.3%
Undergraduate degree 9.3%
Postgraduate degree 5.0%


Income Status Cigarette Smoking Rate
Below poverty level 29.0%
At or above poverty level 17.9%

Works Cited:

  1. 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
  2. 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].
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/data/cigarette-smoking-in-united-states.html

Dr. Brett Wisniewski was born and raised in New Jersey. He attended Monmouth University where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with concentrated studies in chemistry. He has always gravitated towards the study of the human body and natural health. Dr. Wisniewski moved his family to Florida to further his studies at Palmer College Chiropractic where he graduated Cum Laude, with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.  He then went on to study at the University of Florida where he completed his master’s degree in molecular cell biology with a concentration in immunology.  Dr. Brett also holds diplomates from the American Board of Chiropractic Internists (DABCI) and the American Board of Clinical Nutrition (DACBN).  Dr. Brett is both an instructor and administrator for multiple DABCI programs across the country and holds a seat on the executive board for the American Board of Clinical Nutrition.

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