It’s amazing to me that a substance that is so clearly a public health risk continues to be so widely available. Smoking is pretty much a pandemic.
Here’s the publisher’s description for the book The Tobacco Atlas, by the American Cancer Society:
Tobacco—the only consumer product proven to kill half its regular users—is responsible for about 6 million deaths worldwide every year. One hundred million people were killed by tobacco in the 20th century. Unless effective measures are implemented to prevent young people from smoking and to help current smokers quit, tobacco will kill 1 billion people in the 21st century.
The Tobacco Atlas, Third Edition, the latest edition of this comprehensive volume of research, published by the American Cancer Society, and its accompanying website, graphically display how tobacco is devastating both global health and economies. Full-color maps and graphics illustrate in a clear and accessible format the wide range of tobacco issues, revealing similarities and differences between countries, and exposing the behavior of the tobacco companies. It also examines solutions and predicts the future course of the global tobacco pandemic.