Imagine an everyday guy walking into a gas station and up to the counter. What is the first thing he sees? Different brands of cigarettes displayed all over the back wall behind the cashier. He buys his favorite brand. After making his purchase, he walks outside, and right outside, there are always people smoking. The harsh smell of smoke coming from their clothes and the cigarette fumes punching people right in the faces is hard to tolerate. Cigarettes are extremely addictive and will kill one’s wallet. Tobacco is also a very common source of fires. And as most people know, tobacco is very bad for people’s health and can lead to many health problems and, in some cases, death.
This is why the production of tobacco products should be illegal. Everybody who smokes knows that cigarettes are extremely addictive. When using tobacco products, nicotine is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Within ten seconds of entering the body, the nicotine reaches the brain which causes the brain to release adrenaline, creating a feeling of pleasure and energy throughout the body. This feeling wears off quickly though and makes a person feel drowsy, down, and wanting the buzz again which leads to lighting up another cigarette. The human body is able to build a tolerance for nicotine, making people need to smoke more and more in order to keep the pleasurable feelings.
The more cigarettes a person smokes, the more cigarettes that person is going to buy and cigarettes are very expensive these days. A pack of cigarettes are approximately 7 dollars in Washington state. If someone smokes around 2 packs a day, that’s almost four hundred dollars a month and almost five thousand dollars a year. That money could be used for a car payment, airplane ticket, tickets to an NFL playoff game or more money in your bank if you aren’t spending it on cigarettes. Smokers are also considered higher risk candidates for serious chronic illness, resulting in being charged higher rates for health and life insurance policies throughout your lifespan. Smoking related illness in the United States costs more than three billion dollars each year. Including nearly one hundred seventy billion for direct medical care for adults, as well as one hundred fifty-six billion in lost productivity and about five and a half billion lost productivity due to secondhand smoke exposure.
Although cigarettes seem like nothing more than tobacco wrapped in paper, they are in fact carefully engineered to look, taste, smell and burn a certain way –and to go on burning when not being puffed. Many people know that smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths, but it is less known that cigarettes are also a leading cause of fatal fires. Responsible for about a quarter of tire U.S. deaths.
This includes not just people who smoke, but also innocent children and bystanders. Fires from cigarettes cause close to one thousand deaths and three thousand injuries per year in the United States According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). As cigarettes ignite fires responsible for over twenty percent of all fire deaths, cigarettes are the largest single cause of such deaths in the United States.
Property losses alone are over half a billion dollars. The economic costs in health care and productivity losses, and the human costs of pain and suffering raise total annual costs to four billion dollars. Cigarettes are responsible for Fifty-six percent of residential fires in the united states.
A typical scenario in which these injuries occur is when people drop cigarettes, because they are manufactured not to go out until completely consumed, burn through the cover of a seat cushion or a mattress, starting fires which can smolder for hours. These hidden fires produce toxic gases which cause sleeping victims to be even more unconscious before the cushion or mattress bursts into flame. At this point, the superheated air in the room quickly reaches flashover, and any people in their home are seriously threatened. Those who survive such fires normally have a severe inhalation injury. When they are also burned, they are normally transferred to burn treatment centers.
There, they are frequently the most critically ill patients in a setting already dedicated to serious burn injury. The age for cigarette fires in NFPA data shows a moderate death rate with young children, a low rate for ages ten to seventeen, and then a steadily rising rate which goes above age eighty five. Since the smoking rate with the elderly is half that of young adults, those elderly who do smoke, especially males, and those with who they live, are extremely vulnerable to smoking fire death and injury. This vulnerability is even larger if the elderly smoker uses alcohol or sedating medications. Survivors of cigarette fires remain in the hospital an average of thirty three days on their initial admission. This is sixty percent more than the burn center average of twenty days.
Costs were one-third higher than the burn center average. Cigarettes fire admissions are consumed twice as many resources as other burn center patients, with hospital charges that are alone averaging over one hundred thousand dollars per admission. More than sixteen million Americans are living their lives with a disease caused by smoking. Smoking not only causes cancer, but also heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.