Tobacco products: Potentially deadly addictive substances

Most people now understand that smoking is a danger to their health. Cigarettes contain many different chemicals, with tobacco and nicotine the most prominent. Smoking kills around 443,000 people every year, according to current statistics from the United States.

Smoking and chewing tobacco are both potentially dangerous, and they're the most preventable cause of death, disability and disease in this country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco as major health threats to the American public.

Every package of cigarettes now has warnings on the labels. The labels now have to state that cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide and that it can cause heart disease, emphysema and lung cancer and can result in fetal injury. Even smokeless tobacco has a potential to cause cancer in the mouth as well as tooth loss or gum disease.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was given a list of 599 additives used in tobacco products. Of them, at least 43 are known carcinogens. Other ingredients, including nicotine, are addictive, making it hard for those who use cigarettes to quit.

If you've become addicted to cigarettes or chewing tobacco and are struggling with the life-changing complications of using these dangerous products, you're not alone. Many people didn't realize their dangers, and tobacco companies didn't let consumers know as much as they should have. You may have the right to seek compensation for any injuries you've suffered as a result of smoking or chewing tobacco. Your attorney can help you file a claim after reviewing the facts of your case.

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