Two of the leading killers of Americans have one preventable cause in common. Many, many cases of lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases are caused by tobacco abuse. Medical scientists long ago proved this beyond a doubt. There's cigarette smoking, of course, but also inhaling harmful byproducts from burning tobacco in cigars, pipes, hookahs, and the like.
Big Tobacco and its allies, however, have worked for decades to maximize profits and work around anti-smoking initiatives that aim to prevent needless disease, death, and many billions of dollars in related costs. The industry has the advantage, not only in its huge spending but also in a fundamental component of tobacco: nicotine. Experts know this poisonous substance is wickedly effective in addicting users and keeping them hooked.
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