The answer to the question posed in the headline is a resounding “No!”
When debating about how dangerous marijuana is compared to tobacco or opioids, let’s look at the grimmest statistics of all — the human deaths caused by these substances in the United States. The more dangerous, the deadlier, right?
Tobacco in its various forms, especially cigarettes and cigars, tops the list of addicting killers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.
Cigarette smoking accounts for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1,300 deaths every day. Included in this toll are 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
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If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger that are alive today.
CDC said 14 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (14.0 percent) in 2017 smoked cigarettes. This means some 34.3 million adults in the U.S. currently smoke cigarettes. In addition, more than 16 million