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  • Fact #214

    An average of 4.5mg of nicotine is absorbed from 7.9g of chewing tobacco and an average of 3.6mg of nicotine is absorbed from 2.5g moist snuff.

    Fact #214

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    • science

    An average of 4.5mg of nicotine is absorbed from 7.9g of chewing tobacco and an average of 3.6mg of nicotine is absorbed from 2.5g moist snuff.

    Source:

    The American Journal of Medical Sciences. Severson, Herbert H. PhD."What Have We Learned From 20 Years of Research on Smokeless Tobacco Cessation?" Tobacco Update: Scientific Advances, Clinical Perspectives. October 2003. Volume 326, Issue 4: pp 206-211. Abstract.

    URL: http://bit.ly/foQBQi
  • Fact #15

    Smoking causes impaired lung growth during childhood and adolescence.

    Fact #15

    • stats
    • science
    • youth

    Smoking causes impaired lung growth during childhood and adolescence.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."The Health Consequences of Smoking:The 2004 Surgeon General's Report. What It Means To You." Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004. Page 27 of 36.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYLvT2
  • Fact #242

    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

    Fact #242

    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

  • Fact #161

    Tobacco kills about 30 times more people than murder.

    Fact #161

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    Tobacco kills about 30 times more people than murder.

    Source:

    Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014. Printed with corrections, January 2014.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/sgr50-chap-12.pdf Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD. Deaths: Final data for 2010. National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf
  • Fact #118

    Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.

    Fact #118

    • women
    • science
    • disease

    Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking. A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004. Chapter 5. Page 3 of 86 of PDF of Chapter 5.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2004/pdfs/chapter5.pdf
  • Fact #211

    Long-term smokeless tobacco users may be up to fifty times more likely to have cancers of the cheek and gum than non-users.

    Fact #211

    • smokeless
    • disease
    • cancer

    Long-term smokeless tobacco users may be up to fifty times more likely to have cancers of the cheek and gum than non-users.

    Source:

    American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2009. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2009. Page 48.

    URL: http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/pdf/Us_Cancer_Facts.pdf
  • Fact #2

    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

    Fact #2

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    • disease
    • infographic

    In the U.S., 33,951 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/sgr50-chap-12.pdf
  • Fact #77

    In 1993, the Supreme Court decided that an inmate could sue a prison claiming that exposure to his cellmate's secondhand smoke could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

    Fact #77

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    In 1993, the Supreme Court decided that an inmate could sue a prison claiming that exposure to his cellmate's secondhand smoke could constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

    Source:

    Supreme Court of the United States Helling v. McKinney (91-1958), 509 U.S. 25 (1993). Access Date: June 15, 2005. Pages 1 and 5.

    URL: http://supreme.justia.com/us/509/25/case.html
  • Fact #143

    Smoking is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 3 million women since 1980.

    Fact #143

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    • women
    • death

    Smoking is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 3 million women since 1980.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking. A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2001.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5112a4.htm
  • Fact #222

    Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.

    Fact #222

    • Infographic
    • environment
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Chemicals that seep out of cigarette butts can be acutely toxic to fish and micro-organisms.

    Source:

    Sources Micevska T, Warne MS, Pablo F, Patra R. Variation in, and causes of, toxicity of cigarette butts to a cladoceran and microtox. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. Feb 2006;50(2):205-212.

    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/p433v47q31282841/ (see abstract results) Register K. Cigarette Butts as Litter-Toxic as Well as Ugly. Underwater Naturalist, Bulletin of the American Littoral Society. 2000;5(2).

    URL: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/ciglitterarticle.htm (see Conclusion) Slaughter E, Gersberg R, Watanabe K, Rudolph J, Novotny TE. Toxicity of Cigarette Butts, and their Chemical Components, to Marine and Freshwater Fish. Tob Control. 2011;20(Supplement 1):i23-i27.

    URL: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/20/Suppl_1/i25.full (see abstract results and conclusion of abstract)
  • Fact #22

    599 additives are on the composite list released to the government in 1994 by tobacco companies of what may be added to cigarettes. This list includes all ingredients that are used although it does not tell which companies they are used by or which brands they are used in.

    Fact #22

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    599 additives are on the composite list released to the government in 1994 by tobacco companies of what may be added to cigarettes. This list includes all ingredients that are used although it does not tell which companies they are used by or which brands they are used in.

    Source:

    NCI. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 13. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, NIH Pub. No. 02-5074, October 2001. Pages 176-180 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #271

    There is more smoking in TV shows rated TV-PG than in TV shows with a TV-14 rating. In other words, smoking is more prevalent on shows that aim to reach younger viewers. Hmm.

    Fact #271

    • celebrity
    • entertainment
    • movie

    There is more smoking in TV shows rated TV-PG than in TV shows with a TV-14 rating. In other words, smoking is more prevalent on shows that aim to reach younger viewers. Hmm.

    Source:

    Cullen J, Sokol NS, Slawek D, Allen J, Vallone D, Healton C. Depictions of Tobacco Use in 2007 Broadcast Television Programming Popular Among US Youth. Arch Pediat Adol Med. 2011; 175 (2):147-151.

  • Fact #171

    In 1996, the tobacco industry said that drinking one to two glasses of whole milk a day was riskier than second-hand smoke.

    Fact #171

    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    In 1996, the tobacco industry said that drinking one to two glasses of whole milk a day was riskier than second-hand smoke.

    Source:

    Philip Morris Europe SA. ""Second-hand tobacco smoke in perspective. What risks do you take?"" 1994. Bates no: 2501066695.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ols32e00/pdf
    • Poster
    • stats
    • death

    There could be 1 billion tobacco deaths worldwide in the 21st century if current trends continue.

    Source:

    Eriksen, M., Mackay, J L, and Ross, H. The Tobacco Atlas. World Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society, 2012

    URL: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/harm/deaths/text/
  • Fact #227

    Street artists create art and get arrested. Tobacco companies make products that kill people and walk away scot-free. Little backwards, huh?

    Fact #227

    • big tobacco

    Street artists create art and get arrested. Tobacco companies make products that kill people and walk away scot-free. Little backwards, huh?

    Source:

    In the US 1,300 people a day die from tobacco related disease (480,000 / 365 = 1,315.07)

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014. Printed with corrections, January 2014.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/sgr50-chap-12.pdf Arts News Revok, Famed L.A. Graffiti Artist, Arrested at LAX, Held on $320,000 Bail

    URL: http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/04/revok_tagger_arrested_lax.php
  • Fact #123

    Every day, more than 3,200 youth under age 18 try a cigarette for the first time.

    Fact #123

    • stats
    • youth

    Every day, more than 3,200 youth under age 18 try a cigarette for the first time.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014. Printed with corrections, January 2014.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/full-report.pdf
  • Fact #42

    In the U.S., tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined.

    Fact #42

    • stats
    • death

    In the U.S., tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined.

    Source:

    Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014. Printed with corrections, January 2014.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/sgr50-chap-12.pdf Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD. Deaths: Final data for 2010. National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf
  • Fact #136

    Tobacco accounts for one out of every ten deaths worldwide and claims nearly 6 million lives each year.

    Fact #136

    • stats
    • death

    Tobacco accounts for one out of every ten deaths worldwide and claims nearly 6 million lives each year.

    Source:

    WHO Fact sheet N¡339 - July 2013

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/

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