Many people may not realize it, but there is a real fight going on today in all of America. Not about guns, not immigration and not even about foreign countries. No, this war is hapening to each and every one of us as we try to live out our lives in a relatively smoke free envirnoment.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Nearly 40 million US adults still smoke cigarettes, and about 4.7 million middle and high school students use at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. Every day, more than 3,800 youths younger than 18 years smoke their first cigarette. Each an every year, nearly half a million Americans die directly prematurely of
from smoking or by exposure to secondhand smoke.
Another 16 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Each year, the United States spends nearly $170 billion on medical care to treat smoking-related disease in adults!
These are fidures from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control.
In 2016 about 258 billion cigarettes were sold in the United States, at a an average cost of $5 or more a pack! So, not only are some people posioning themselves and those around them, but they’re payng a very high price to do so! Anywhere you might happen to be at this moment, chances are you are breathing in a little second hand smoke!
So, as to my particular situation. In my third floor condo unit, I was unlucky enough to be situated over two very frequent smokers who prefer to express their
God given rights to pollute. However, they choose (in my case) to do so only outdoors in their front porch area or on their balcony. On nice days over the past year, I’ve had the rather unpleasant experience of having my condo space invaded by smoke even as their unit remained pristine. When I complained about this problem to the Home Owners Association, I was told that there was nothing they could do. So, there I was, being forced to inhale carcinogenic second stream smoke with no end in sight. A situation that has left me with only a few options with none of them pleasant….
So, for myself the fight for clean air is very close and very personal. And, I know that there are other’s who feel exactly the same way!