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"Tobacco & Health"

Mortality rates in developing countries as a consequence of legalized drug use are increasing.

What are the most dangerous legalized drugs?

What should be done to ameliorate their effects on health?

Societies around the world have used a wide variety of drugs throughout history. Today, drugs can be defined as being for social or medical purposes. A further definition could also categorize drugs as being legal or illegal. Of course, illegal drugs are unavailable to the public for health reasons. However, some legalized drugs could also be viewed as having significant adverse effects on the general health of the population.

Perhaps the best example of a socially accepted drug that has resulted in a health crisis for many countries is tobacco. It is now an accepted scientific fact that that tobacco use results in serious health complications such as lung cancer. However, many governments, particularly in developing countries, have been unwilling to restrict or prohibit the usage of this drug. In fact, while many developed countries have limited the usage of tobacco to adults and banned the use of tobacco in public places, some developing countries have placed no restrictions on the use of this drug.

The consequences of abusing this legal drug are frightening. By way of comparison, cardio vascular diseases (CVD) have been mitigated in developed countries due to the declining rates of tobacco usage. At the same time, the mortality rates from heart and lung complications in developing countries has risen significantly. It should be noted that the correlation between the CVD deaths and smoking is widely accepted by the scientific community.

To conclude, the fact that a drug is socially acceptable or legal does not mean that the drug is harmless. Governments around the world should educate people on the dangers of nicotine and place greater restrictions on the usage of this drug.