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  • Fact #124

    Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

    Fact #124

    • stats
    • addiction
    • youth

    Every day, about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

    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 #169

    As long ago as 1969, a tobacco company executive stated that they had "taken a great many steps to avoid advertising directed to young people." Yet 10 years later, they supplied their products to be featured in The Muppet Movie.

    Fact #169

    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    As long ago as 1969, a tobacco company executive stated that they had "taken a great many steps to avoid advertising directed to young people." Yet 10 years later, they supplied their products to be featured in The Muppet Movie.

    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. American Tobacco Collection. July 22, 1969. Page: 82 of 197 in PDF. Document Type: Congressional Testimony, Legal Bates Number: 968062385/2581

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ihz24f00/pdf?search=%22968062385%202581%22
    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. (Proof Cullman is a Philip Morris employee). Page 21 of PDF.

    URL: http://bit.ly/QveVN3
    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris Collection. 1989. Pages 3 and 10 of 15 in PDF. Access Date: October 24, 2005 Bates Number: 2025863645/3659

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/kez74e00/pdf Below is a list of where smoking can be seen in The Muppet Movie. 12:15 Cigarettes in the "El Sleezo CafŽ" 14:00 Cigarettes in the "El Sleezo CafŽ" 15:28 Cigarettes in the "El Sleezo CafŽ" 16:00 Cigarettes in the "El Sleezo CafŽ" 53:33 Ashtray on Rowlf's piano
  • Fact #33

    Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.

    Fact #33

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. 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. Chapter 5, Page 564 of Report. Category: Ingredients Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2004/pdfs/chapter5.pdf
  • Fact #44

    The tobacco industry spends more than $8.8 billion a year on the marketing of its products in the U.S. alone.

    Fact #44

    • money
    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    The tobacco industry spends more than $8.8 billion a year on the marketing of its products in the U.S. alone.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2011. Federal Trade Commission. Access Date: July 14, 2014.

    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2011/130521cigarettereport.pdf
  • Fact #65

    Every year, tobacco-related disease kills about 202,000 women in the US.

    Fact #65

    • stats
    • death
    • women

    Every year, tobacco-related disease kills about 202,000 women in the US.

    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
  • Fact #36

    In the US, about 480,000 people die a tobacco-related death every year.

    Fact #36

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    • death

    In the US, about 480,000 people die a tobacco-related death every year.

    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
  • Fact #170

    Around the 1980s, tobacco companies labeled African Americans - less educated, prefer malt liquor, have problems with their own self-esteem.

    Fact #170

    • Tobacco Files
    • Race
    • big tobacco

    Around the 1980s, tobacco companies labeled African Americans - less educated, prefer malt liquor, have problems with their own self-esteem.

    Source:

    1990 (900000) NEW MARKETING IDEAS. SUMMARY OF PROGRAMS.

    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. R.J. Reynolds Collection.1989. Page 19. Bates Number: 507203449/3471

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/fgm54d00/pdf Direct Quote:"(e .g., Blacks drink malt liquor rather than beer)." RJR; HUNTER CS. MARKETING RESEARCH REPORT. INNER CITY BLACK CREATIVE EXPLORATORY. MARKETING DOC.
    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. R. J. Reynolds Collection. January 16, 1989. Page 5. Bates Number: 507119955/9990 Secondary Bates Number: MRD88 12121

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/lsg28c00/pdf Direct Quote:"This is most likely due to the fact that these consumers do not have a lot of money as well as problems with their own self esteem which makes dating stressful." THE BLACK MENTHOL CIGARETTE MARKET FEBRUARY, 1979 (790200).
    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. R.J. Reynolds Collection. February, 1979. Page: 24 of 77 in PDF. Bates Number: 500492090/2166 Secondary Bates Number: MRD78 0118

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/hik79d00/pdf Direct Quote:"On average, Blacks are not as well educated as the population at large."
  • Fact #89

    In 2009, annual smoking-attributable health care expenditures were estimated at $132.5 billion.

    Fact #89

    • health
    • money

    In 2009, annual smoking-attributable health care expenditures were estimated at $132.5 billion.

    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
  • Fact #178

    In 2009, 5.9 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide Ð amounting to 865 cigarettes for every man, woman, and child in the world.

    Fact #178

    • stats
    • cigarettes

    In 2009, 5.9 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide Ð amounting to 865 cigarettes for every man, woman, and child in the world.

    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/products/cigarette_consumption/fig_b/
  • Fact #93

    In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

    Fact #93

    • stats

    In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

    Source:

    CDC. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation- United States, 2008. MMWR 2009; 58(44): 1229.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5844.pdf
  • 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 #166

    In 2006, a former Russian spy was allegedly murdered using Polonium -210. This radioactive chemical is also found in cigarette smoke, a fact at least one tobacco company was aware of in 1964.

    Fact #166

    • ingredients

    In 2006, a former Russian spy was allegedly murdered using Polonium -210. This radioactive chemical is also found in cigarette smoke, a fact at least one tobacco company was aware of in 1964.

    Source:

    Puffing on Polonium The New York Times 1-Dec-06 Robert N. Proctor

    URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/01/opinion/01proctor.html?ex=1166590800&en=ad9fa6ba36fdf6ab&ei=5070 Polonium 210 is found in cigarette smoke
    Source:

    Presented At The Federation Of American Societies For Experimental Biology, Chicago, Illinois, April 15, 1964, Polonium-210 In Tobacco Smoke As A Tracer For Particle Deposition And Movement In Human Lungs Authors: Radford-EP;Little-JB;Hunt VR;Nelson-C Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/btt44f00/pdf?search=%22polonium%20210%20in%20tobacco%20smoke%20as%20a%20tracer%20for%20particle%20deposition%20movement%20in%20human%20lungs%22
    Source:

    Title: Exposure Of Cigarette Smokers To Polonium-210 Bates Number: 950113512/3514 Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dib64f00/pdf
    Source:

    Title: Telephone Conversation, R. K. Heimann, This Date. Authors: Hager-JH Document Date: 19670609 Document Type: Memo, Correspondence Bates Number: 950113515 Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/eib64f00/pdf
    Source:

    Title: Filter Cigarettes For Removing Polonium From The Smoke, Interview With Mr. Nelson Stewart On September 23, 1964 Authors: Pedersen-PM;American Tobacco Company Document Date: 19640925 Document Type: Memo, Correspondence Bates Number: 950190504 Collection: American Tobacco

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/con11a00/pdf
  • Fact #79

    In 1996, a major tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting homeless people. They called their plan"Project SCUM: Sub Culture Urban Marketing."

    Fact #79

    • Tobacco Files
    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    In 1996, a major tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting homeless people. They called their plan"Project SCUM: Sub Culture Urban Marketing."

    Source:

    PROJECT SCUM. The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library; Issued: 1995.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mum76d00
  • Fact #25

    Nicotine is addictive.

    Fact #25

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Nicotine is addictive.

    Source:

    U.S.Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction: 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, 1988.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/LThF3e
    • cigarettes
    • science
    • disease

    Even if someone doesn't consider themselves a smoker, every bummed" cigarette causes damage to vital organs in the body. Give that pancreas a break.

    Source:

    Surgeon General report, Tobacco smoke does immediate damage. S. Young, CNN. Date published: 12/9/2010

    URL: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/12/09/tobacco.risk/
    Source:

    How tobacco smoke causes disease: the biology and behavioral basis for smoking attributable disease (Executive Summary). 2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Page 6 (9).

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/tobaccosmoke/executivesummary.pdf Full Report
    Source:

    How tobacco smoke causes disease: the biology and behavioral basis for smoking attributable disease (Executive Summary). 2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/tobaccosmoke/full_report.pdf
  • Fact #258

    9% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of VHS tapes sold in 2013.

    Fact #258

    • Youth

    9% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of VHS tapes sold in 2013.

    Source:

    Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2014). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2013: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.

    URL: http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2013.pdf 9% of teens = 2,244,761 teens # of VHS tapes sold in 2013 = 12 million
  • Fact #55

    620 people die each year in the U.S. from smoking-related fires.

    Fact #55

    • stats
    • death

    620 people die each year in the U.S. from smoking-related fires.

    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
  • Fact #53

    Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

    Fact #53

    • stats
    • disease

    Over 16 million Americans live with tobacco-related illnesses.

    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/full-report.pdf

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