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Overcoming the Addiction: Tobacco Use and Dependence and Approved Therapies for Treatment

Almost 1 in 5 adults smoke, totaling a staggering 45.3 million Americans. Smoking rates have declined since the 1960’s when almost half of Americans were smokers. As of 2010, 19.3% of citizens smoked. Even with the decline over the years, smoking is still a major health problem accounting for $170 billion in health care costs and 443,000 deaths each year in just the United States alone. To this day, tobacco use is still the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States.

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