ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND MARIJUANA
Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and
2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the
United States from 2006 2010, shortening the lives of those
who died by an average of 30 years.1,2 Further, excessive drinking
was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged
20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption
in 2006 were estimated at $223.5 billion, or $1.90 a drink.
- Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly
every organ of the body.
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
- Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion
- No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana.
- Research indicates that marijuana is a powerful anti-inflammatory
and analgesic that can help treat many diseases.
- Marijuana may hasten symptoms of those who are prone to schizophrenia.
- Marijuana may impair mental devlopment in teenagers.