Tobacco is one of the most profitable industries in the world. It’s also one of the deadliest. Tobacco kills approximately six million people around the globe every year, including 443,000 Americans. Unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80 percent of those deaths will occur in the developing world.
Ironically, you won’t find many tobacco executives who smoke. They know better. “That’s a right we reserve for the young, poor, black and stupid,” said one tobacco executive in a closed-door meeting.
Not only does tobacco generate billions of dollars for stockholders, it generates billions of dollars for governments. In fact, governments save billions more when smokers die prematurely and forfeit their pensions and retirement benefits. In a 1999 report, Philip Morris bragged to the Czech Republic that these are “positive benefits of smoking.”
• Nicotine is more addictive than heroin.
• 70 percent of all smokers try to quit smoking every year, but only 10 percent succeed.
• Four million children under the age of 18 are regular smokers in the U.S. About 80 to 90 percent of new smokers are teenagers. This includes almost 20 percent of all eighth graders.
Duke University prepared a similar study about smoking in the U.S. It concluded that for every pack of cigarettes sold in this country, the American government saves 83 cents on Social Security and other programs due to premature death.
The majority of smokers experiment with cigarettes when they are under the age of 18 and become addicted within days. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. When chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde and glycol are added as a freebase, every bit of the nicotine, and more, is extracted and rushed to the brain. This immediate rush keeps smokers coming back for more mental stimulation. Addiction is the perfect marketing tool. This books outlines these facts and more so that smokers and nonsmokers alike can make informed decisions about tobacco.