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Tobacco products have been legal killers since they were first cultivated with the discovery of the Americas. As private tobacco companies manipulate the public into buying and using tobacco products through mass advertisements, people get addicted to spending money on tobacco products, and private tobacco companies have made this into a multimillion dollar industry in the United States that make money off of people’s demise. Tobacco use has been gradually increasing over the years and is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. “Among all current U.S. adult cigarette smokers, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68.0%) reported in 2015 that they wanted to quit completely” (parenthetical citation). It is a difficult problem for the country to overcome, but is necessary for overall progression. Although the tobacco industry has been apart of the United States’ economy since the beginnings of its formation, the growing cost of healthcare for tobacco related illnesses outweigh the economic gains that come with the tobacco industry. The reduction of tobacco use will minimize the economic gains but will eventually end up saving American lives and money with additional support from the government. Historically, tobacco products have played a major role in the economy of the United States and individual states. As stated by (), since the 1650s in the U.S., “Tobacco required less land and fewer slaves,” and, “The economy of the Southern British colonies on the American mainland was based primarily on agriculture.” The tobacco industry was an efficient way to grow the economy drastically since the beginning of the United States, especially in the southeastern states as their economy heavily relied on the production of tobacco. In more recent statistics, according to the Center of Disease Control, a federal agency in the department of Health and Human Services that provides health information, “The United States is the fourth largest tobacco-producing country in the world, following India, China, and Brazil.” The United States is one of the leading tobacco producers in the world, and it is a substantial part of the United States’ economy impacting it greatly. Investigating more deeply into the states, North Carolina being an immense part of the United State’s tobacco industry leads all the states in tobacco farming and manufacture of tobacco products concluded from the following statistic provided by (), “North Carolina produces about half of the cigarettes made in the United States.” With the reduction of tobacco use in the U.S., it will hurt North Carolina’s economy colossally, which ends up weakening the country’s economy for not being on par with the rest of the states. With the economical gains from tobacco products throughout the centuries, there are equivalent losses in other areas of the economy that are reactions from it.While the U.S. economy and employment is benefitted from the tobacco industry, losses from tobacco-related illness in healthcare exceed those benefits from tobacco products. The CDC has declared, “Smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion each year.” The Office on Smoking and Health, an agency part of the CDC specializing in tobacco prevention and control, also has declared, ” Increasing the price of tobacco products is the single most effective way to reduce consumption.” This research makes evident why tobacco use should be reduced with the enormous loss in illness that outweighed the probable gain from the tobacco use and has became important enough for possible solutions to be researched to fight against the tobacco industry. Another aspect of loss in the economy from tobacco products is through advertising promoting addiction of tobacco. According to (), “Congress provides $40 million a year in tobacco subsidies and spends $250 million a year to counter tobacco advertising with anti-tobacco programs.” This is a wasteful amount of sum to help the tobacco industry when more is spent battling against it. Adding to illness loss, there are too many negatives for having a powerful tobacco industry. The (^) also states banning tobacco products would not ruin the economical gain of it, but “rather, it would be redistributed as consumers use the same money to purchase alternative goods and services,” which further ensures there will not be major effect in the economy from high reduction of tobacco use in the U.S. Comparing to global statistics stated by (), “Tobacco use also burdens the global economy with an estimated US$1.4 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity each year,” which supports the tobacco industry being a burden on the U.S. economy adding additional losses to countries instead of gains. While the negatives outweighing the gains, the areas dependendent on the tobacco industry will be impacted vastly.Through government involvement with this problem, there has been shown beneficial or neutral economic factors and help decrease the negative effects of the reducing tobacco use in the United States. ¬†“A study released this week by New York City’s Department of Health shows that New York City’s restaurants and bar have added more jobs since the city’s new smoke-free workplace law took effect March 30 than in the same period a year ago,” stated by (), shows that with prior attempts of reducing tobacco use in New York City, studies consistently have shown that the smoke-free laws have a neutral or slightly positive impact on businesses. The city is not getting economically hurt; however, in newer studies in California stated by (), “They find a statistically significant 4 percent decline in revenues associated with smoking bans,” mostly focussing on restaurants and bars but depending on the business type and other factors. While showing a small decrease in the focus of restaurants and bars, the overall economy of California might not have noticeably hurt. Other factors like location are not included in the research, so it will have different impacts throughout the U.S. Studies and laws have been attempted to show the impact on the economy, but government involvement specifically through the executive branch has happened in the past. ¬†According to (), “President Clinton and Vice-President Gore have fought hard not only to reduce youth smoking and hold the tobacco industry accountable, but also to protect individual tobacco farmers and their communities.” With the attempted ¬†reduction of tobacco products, the government will also help the economy change for those that depend on the tobacco industry. This will decrease the economical impact on those areas like North Carolina not crash economically. The reduction of tobacco use will not affect the economy negatively with prior studies and government support. The gain in the United States’ economy from the tobacco industry will never triumph the loss from effects like cost of illness. 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