Jessica Miller | August 22, 2014
It’s an admittedly odd twist. Tobacco, long vilified for its role in the deaths of approximately 6 million people per year, now is playing a key role in the development of an anti-Ebola drug. The World Health Organization places deaths due to direct tobacco use at around 5 million people globally per year, with another 1 million due to exposure to second-hand smoke. That should be ample reason to keep a safe distance from the nicotine-bearing plant. But even as lethal as tobacco is, it may be the key to saving lives.