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Tobacco carries the highest preventable death rate

It may be true that no one crossed the center line and killed from smoking, but that is not the only method of dying from a substance. Tobacco kills and maims over a lengthy period of time in most cases. Tobacco kills more people than alcohol, drugs, suicide and auto accidents combined. It is more costly as the death is the end result of lingering illness. The tobacco industry also pours enormous amounts of money into their product. They develop new products to overcome changes in social tastes/beliefs, prevention efforts and laws. They spend about 29 million dollars a day on advertising. They do market to youth. By comparison, the more dangerous substance is tobacco, not alcohol (though alcohol abuse needs to be addressed and treated, too).

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