Some Things to Ponder
In light of the Surgeon General's recent statement and editorials like this, I decided to go on a fact-finding mission. Here is what I found.
- Secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 35,000-62,000 heart disease deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year.
- In 2004, about 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that in 2004, 1,272,374 crimes were committed with the use of a firearm. 16,137 murders resulted from these crimes.
After examining these numbers, I'm curious: Of the following scenarios, which do you find most likely to happen to you or someone you know?
a) Dying as a result of secondhand smoke inhalation
b) Encountering a drunk driver on the road
c) Becoming the victim of a violent crime
d) None of the above