100,099 males and 80,163 females were diagnosed with lung cancer
90,121 males and 67,509 females died from lung cancer.
90% of all lung cancer was due to tobacco use, either directly, or through second-hand smoke.
Tobacco smoke contains 3,500 chemicals, 40 of which are known carcinogens in humans.
Car accidents are the leading cause of death the the USA.
30% of Americans are involved in alcohol-related auto-crashes in their lifetime.
$50 billion a year is spent on alcohol-related automobile accidents every year.
$10 billion is used to treat people for problems of alcohol abuse each year.
$2 billion is spent each year by alcohol's advertisers.
It seems to me that if we're gonna throw the taxation on tobacco because it kills over half of it's users, then we should be taxing alcohol with the same zeal.
Edited by Mark, 11 July 2006 - 12:12 PM.