No one dies from tobacco, but this does not make it safe. Though tobacco is expensive, people spend more than they can afford to use tobacco, because it makes them feel good, calm, secure and aware.
Tobacco makes people feel good, though they do get sick from tobacco: cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other disease are indirect results from using tobacco. But because these sicknesses result indirectly from tobacco, it is difficult for people to understand the diseases that kill them slowly have resulted from tobacco. Such a slow, painful death is in many ways regrettable, and also financially expensive. To the user, and those they love.
And even when such an indirect relationship is understood between tobacco and disease, no one wants to be told to quit smoking. And even upon being convinced to quit smoking, giving up smoking is difficult.
No one dies from eating meat, either - though it is quite as dangerous as tobacco. Nor does anyone die from using marijuana, or alcohol - though these are equally dangerous. And it is true, no gun has ever killed anyone. Nor does our pollution of air or water cause us harm.
No one wants to be told that what makes them feel good, calm, secure and aware results in harm to themselves, their family, or neighbors. Any more than anyone wants to hurt themselves, their family, or neighbors. Or be hurt by those they love. Giving up what makes us feel good is difficult. But possible.