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Transcript of Smoking 1980-2000
-Cigarette consumption reached its peak because Hollywood was used to make tobacco use cool and exotic.
-In 1983, a smoker who was dying from lung cancer sued a tobacco company because they allegedly didn't warn her of the dangers of smoking.
-In 1986, the release of the U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking sparked fear in smokers, but the sales didn't slow down.
-In 1994, Mississippi was the first to file a lawsuit against tobacco companies to get recompensation for Medicaid bills of cancer patients.
-In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a pivotal report on environmental tobacco smoke.
-In 1995, President Clinton announced FDA plans that would regulate tobacco, improving the system.
The Year 2000
-The U.S. Census reported 8.6 million people dying from 12.7 million smoking conditions. Chronic bronchitis was the most common, followed by emphysema.
-Every year in the U.S. 440,000 people die from tobacco related illness.
-This results in about $75 billion of medical bills each year.
-There is also a loss of $82 billion of productivity.
-Tobacco companies continue to target gays and those with low self-esteem..