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Tobacco and alcohol presentation

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  • 1. Colin Page Wellchoices Healthy Active Lifestyle
  • 2.  “As discovered by alcoholism and alcohol abuse statistics and facts, even though alcohol has been used in a number of diverse ways throughout history that can be called "beneficial" it was, however, observed thousands of years ago that excessive drinking and abuse led to social as well as to personal problems”.  More than one-half of American adults have a close family member who has or has had alcoholism. Alcohol is a factor in nearly half of America's murders, suicides and accidental deaths.
  • 3.  In the United States, roughly 50,000 cases of alcohol poisoning are reported each year, and approximately once every week, someone dies from this preventable condition.  65 people each day die on our highways due to alcohol.  Before the drinking age was raised to twenty one In 1988, 25,000 Americans were killed in auto accidents involving alcohol. More than 500,000 were injured.  Drunk drivers are responsible for 50% of highway fatalities.
  • 4.  Alcohol is a factor in nearly half of America's murders, suicides and accidental deaths.  Underage drinking costs Americans nearly $53 billion annually. If this cost were shared equally by each congressional district, the amount would total more than $120 million per district.  About half of state prison inmates and 40% of federal prisoners incarcerated for committing violent crimes report they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their offense.
  • 5.  There is enough nicotine in four or five cigarettes to kill an average adult if ingested whole. Most smokers take in only one or two milligrams of nicotine per cigarette however, with the remainder being burned off.  There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, and if current trends continue, that number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025.  China is home to 300 million smokers who consume approximately 1.7 trillion cigarettes a year, or 3 million cigarettes a minute.
  • 6.  Radioactive lead and polonium are both present in low levels in cigarette smoke.  Hydrogen cyanide, one of the toxic byproducts present in cigarette smoke, was used as a genocidal chemical agent duringWorld War II.  Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemical compounds, 11 of which are known to be group 1 carcinogens
  • 7.  Half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death.  Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world.That translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually.
  • 8.  Tobacco and alcohol are massively used drugs and impact almost everyone in the world directly or indirectly.  People use these products because they are enjoyable and overlook the health effects associated with using them.  Tobacco and alcohol are the leading causes of death in the U.S.  It will be very hard to wane the world off of these products because of the simple fact that people enjoy them.

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