Smoking is commonly used as a term to refer to the inhalation of cigarettes, but it also is used as a term to describe the use of marijuana, cigars, as well as other substances.
Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of cancer. It is estimated by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention that 443,000 people die of smoking related diseases each year.
History as shown that smoking began as early as 5,000 BC. The earliest people who smoked were smoking as part of a religious ceremony. Smoking spread from a religious ceremony to other forms such as social smoking and even smoking for medicinal reasons.
Smoking rapidly spread around the world. In Jamestown, Virginia, early colonial settlers began to grow and farm tobacco. Since then, tobacco has been a major crop in the Untied States. When a pack of cigarettes are sold there is a federal tax as well as a state tax, which drastically increases the cost for pack of cigarettes.
Taxes on cigarettes continue to climb higher. States have traditionally relied heavily on taxes raised by the sales of tobacco products such as cigarettes. Awareness of health related risks due to smoking has increased drastically. The rate of people who actively smoke cigarettes is declining each year. As less people purchase cigarettes, the states are losing some of the money they raise form tobacco taxes.
Many states have drastically increased cigarette taxes. The reasons are not only to recoup some of the tobacco taxes they have lost over the years due to a decline in the number of smokers, but also to discourage people from smoking.
Smoking is a heavy burden on states. Many people get smoking related diseases including emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease that are directly attributable to cigarette smoking. The high rate of disease in active smokers is a huge burden on hospitals. Medicaid and other federally and State funded health organizations are paying large sums of money each year to help people who have a smoking related disease.
The most popular way of smoking in modern times is to have the tobacco or marijuana rolled into paper. When tobacco is rolled into paper, it is called a cigarette. There are other ways of smoking tobacco and marijuana including:
A pipe will have a bowl on the end with a stem. You place the tobacco or marijuana in the bowl, light it, and inhale the smoke through the stem. Pipe smoking tobacco is on the decline, while marijuana users commonly use a pipe.
Hookahs have been around for thousands of years. In the last few years many communities in the United States have opened up Hookah Bars. At a Hookah Bar you smoke flavored tobacco. Hookah bars are a social setting to smoke in. Everybody in your group is smoking from the same pile of flavored tobacco, but you have your own hose in which you inhale the flavored tobacco smoke.
Cigars are usually a cured tobacco that is rolled in a leaf. Although you traditionally do not inhale the smoke when using a cigar, there are still many negative health benefits associated with cigar smoking.
Water pipes are used by some tobacco smokers, but traditionally water pipes are used by marijuana smokers. Water Pipes, also called Bongs, allow you to cool the tobacco smoke by drawing the smoke through water before you inhale the smoke.
Vaporizers are usually used by marijuana smokers. The active cannabinoid in marijuana that gets you high is THC. A vaporizer allows you to burn the THC, inhale the cannabin, and not emit any smoke or odor. Vaporizers are recommended by many medical marijuana dispensaries.
Current Smoking Trends
It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
that 443,000 people in the United States die each year from tobacco smoking related diseases. While the use of smoking tobacco is declining , the use of marijuana is increasing.
Medical marijuana is legal in 14 states in the United States.
Smoking tobacco is a huge health threat, not only to the smokers themselves, but also too people around them. Second hand smoke has been a huge concern for medical researchers. TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 49,000 people die of second hand smoke each year.
Smoking has been around for at least 7,000 years. Smoking will never cease entirely, but as the medical dangers of cigarette smoking are heavily promoted we will see less people smoke tobacco.
26% of the adult population in the United States smoke cigarettes. The number of smokers in the United States has been cut in half since 1965, but the incidence of smoking related diseases will continue until we can completely eradicate cigarette smoking.