Tobacco Smoking Nearing Its End in America?

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Is America on its way to being tobacco free? Maybe, according to a recent article published by the Star Tribune. For the first time in national history, health officials have begun to predict the end of tobacco smoking in America. Over the past 50 years, smoking rates in the United States have been reduced by about one half (from 42.7 percent in 1965 to 18 percent in 2012). However, the 2014 Surgeon General Report, which marks the 50 year anniversary of the first Surgeon General Report release, discusses the concerted effort to reduce smoking rates in the United States to less than ten percent within the next ten years. The report leads many to believe that tobacco smoking may be nearing its end in America.

“I believe that we can make the next generation tobacco-free” stated Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in the report. Smoking-related illnesses are considered to be one of the greatest public health concerns of the century and, while the reduction in tobacco smoking is considered a success by many public health experts, the latest Surgeon General Report stated that much more needs to be done. In order to end the tobacco epidemic once and for all, Sebelius calls for redoubled efforts to control tobacco use and a shared responsibility by both nongovernmental partners and society as a whole.

Over 20 million Americans have died prematurely as a result of smoking and smoking-related illness since the first Surgeon General Report was released 50 years ago. Smoking has been widely known to increase risk for illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, immune and autoimmune disorders, and eye disease. Smoking is also known to cause reproductive issues and diminished overall health. However, despite increased tobacco control measures and education around the dangers of smoking, an estimated 42 million adults and 3.5 million middle and high school students still choose to smoke.

In order to help ensure that tobacco smoking nears its end in America, the Surgeon General Report calls for additional “end game strategies.” Among these strategies are suggestions for implementing increased education through national media campaigns, raising excise cigarette taxes to deter both current and new smokers, providing smokers with smoking cessation treatment programs through the Affordable Care Act, and extending “smoke free indoor protections” to all Americans.

According to the Star Tribune, recent polls have shown that smoking tobacco is now considered a taboo pastime and that smoking cigarettes is less popular among teenagers than using marijuana. CVS, one of American’s largest pharmacy chains, recently announced its plan to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in more than 7,600 stores across the country. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in a press release earlier this month that it is planning to launch an unprecedented campaign designed to reduce and prevent tobacco use among youth. The FDA stated that tobacco use is one of the most preventable causes of death and disease in the United States today.

The new measures outlined in the Surgeon General Report, coupled with the FDA’s new educational initiatives and national support from retailers like CVS, leads many to believe that tobacco smoking could be nearing its end in America. Tobacco is thought to contribute to about 480,000 deaths each year, but some are quick to remind folks that, even if tobacco use stopped today, it may take decades to realize the health benefits.

By Katie Bloomstrom


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Star Tribune
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3 Responses to "Tobacco Smoking Nearing Its End in America?"

  1. John Davidson Jr (@harleyrider1777)   February 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Yu nw the lastime Ame smoking bans they claimed victory back then over the little white slaver as they called it!

    Heres a time line starting in 1900,dont be surprised to see the same thing playing out today nearly 100 years later.

    1901: REGULATION: Strong anti-cigarette activity in 43 of the 45 states. “Only Wyoming and Louisiana had paid no attention to the cigarette controversy, while the other forty-three states either already had anti-cigarette laws on the books or were considering new or tougher anti-cigarette laws, or were the scenes of heavy anti- cigarette activity” (Dillow, 1981:10).

    1904: New York: A judge sends a woman is sent to jail for 30 days for smoking in front of her children.

    1904: New York City. A woman is arrested for smoking a cigarette in an automobile. “You can’t do that on Fifth Avenue,” the arresting officer says.

    1907: Business owners are refusing to hire smokers. On August 8, the New York Times writes: “Business … is doing what all the anti-cigarette specialists could not do.”

    1917: SMOKEFREE: Tobacco control laws have fallen, including smoking bans in numerous cities, and the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho and Tennessee.

    1937: hitler institutes laws against smoking.This one you can google.

    Even Hitler couldn’t stop the smoking with all his junk science claims especially after he and his Nazi doctors created and invented SECOND HAND SMOKE!

  2. John Davidson Jr (@harleyrider1777)   February 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

    By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

    Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

    What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

    “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study………………………

    Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

    The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

    Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.


    A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

    Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

  3. John Davidson Jr (@harleyrider1777)   February 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    1965 194 million americans times .42 = 83 million smokers

    2014 320 million americans times 20% 64 million smokers

    CDC cannot know for sure how many actually smoke. They take 2 areas within a state and make 1000 phone calls roughly to determine their numbers after twisting them a tad to come to a reduction they have to show to keep tobacco control looking like they are successful.

    The amount of cigarettes being manufactured are at record levels and are expected to just keep on climbing………

    World Atlas: More People Smoking Cigarettes than Ever

    There are more people smoking now than ever before, despite health warnings and the rising price of cigarettes. In 1980, 4,453 billion cigarettes went up in smoke, which increased to 6,319 billion in 2010. By 2020, you can expect to find nearly seven billion cigarette ends littering the world.

    Top of the charts in terms of nicotine addiction are Asia and Australia, which is where 57 percent of cigarettes are smoked today.

    These alarming statistics are among many of the intriguing facts laid bare in the ninth edition of Dan Smith’s The State of the World Atlas.

    Australia has the toughest anti-smoking laws in the world plus plain packs which have fed the largest blackmarket in the world in Australia where the government loses Billions a year to blackmarket sales!


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