Cigarettes pose dangerous health consequences for those who use them as well as those who are subjected to the smoke they cause. Despite cigarettes' highly publicized relationship with cancers and other life-threatening conditions, a large number of people decide to light up every day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 20 percent of Americans were smokers and 40 percent of those who don't smoke are still subjected to secondhand smoke in 2007-2008.
Despite a decline in smoking between 2000 and 2005, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden says more work needs to be done to prevent smoking.
Frienden is calling for "strong state laws that protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke, higher cigarette prices, aggressive ad campaigns that show the human impact of smoking and well-funded tobacco control programs decrease the number of adult smokers and save lives."
Smokers are not only at an increased likelihood of developing several forms of cancer, they also face higher life insurance premiums as well. Life insurance companies consider smokers risky to insure because they tend to have more health complications compared to nonsmokers.