Tobacco counts among its victims 10 million Americans who died of smoking-related diseases from 1964 through 1993 (Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unpublished data, 1994). This year, another 420 000 will be added to the death rolls, as victims of cigarette smoking with cancer and cardiovascular disease fill intensive care units and hospital beds across the nation. Some 54 million Americans are hooked on cigarettes and another 8 million on smokeless tobacco.1 Today's tobacco addicts are tomorrow's chronically and terminally ill patients.
See also pp 1171 and 1176.
In this issue of The Journal, Moore et al2 and Glantz and Begay3 reveal a high correlation between campaign donations and the failure of legislators to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco, raise taxes on tobacco products, and prevent their sale to children and teens. Moore et al focused on the
Califano JA. Revealing the Link Between Campaign Financing and Deaths Caused by Tobacco. JAMA. 1994;272(15):1217-1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520150085043