My work as a respiratory therapist has allowed me to encounter many current and former smokers. As we have all heard for years’ tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The Center for Disease Control, CDC states smoking causes about one in five deaths each year. In Indiana alone the cost from smoking related illness amounts to around $6.1 billion dollars, that’s $903 dollars per household whether you smoke or not. So, if you smoke you should consider stopping, if you do not smoke, please never start.