Tobacco Use Affects Public Health
Using tobacco is one of the worst things that a person can do for his or her health. When an entire population has a high rate of tobacco use, that country will experience exceptionally high rates of preventable diseases, including heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. Many people in countries that have high rates of tobacco use die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases.
The world’s healthiest countries have low rates of tobacco use. Their governments push education about the harmful effects of using tobacco and may instate high taxes on tobacco products. In the United Kingdom, every box of cigarettes comes with a giant warning of the perils of using tobacco.