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  • Fact #232

    Methane is found in dog poop and in cigarette smoke.

    Fact #232

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Methane is found in dog poop and in cigarette smoke.

    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.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
    Source:

    Methods for Estimating Methane Emissions From Domestic Animals.

    URL: http://bit.ly/YImAMc
  • Fact #244

    In 1981, one tobacco company document said, "Hispanic men still strive to project a macho image."

    Fact #244

    • Tobacco Files
    • Race
    • big tobacco

    In 1981, one tobacco company document said, "Hispanic men still strive to project a macho image."

    Source:

    Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. August 13, 1989.

    Source:

    Bates No: 507137652/7666

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wug34d00
  • Fact #133

    Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.

    Fact #133

    • stats
    • death

    Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.

    • stats
    • cancer
    • infographic

    Cigarette smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.

    Source:

    Holden DJ, Hund LM, Gable JM, Mowery P. Legacy First Look Report 11. Youth Tobacco Cessation: Results from the 2000 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Washington dc: American Legacy Foundation. July 2003.
    Category: Quitting Smoking. Page 7 of 35.

    URL: http://bit.ly/LUcUrv
  • Fact #31

    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which can cause death.

    Fact #31

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which can cause death.

    Source:

    Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke

    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. Page 185 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
    Source:

    Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas and can cause death.

    EPA. An Introduction to Indoor Air Qualit: Carbon Monoxide

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/LxP4iD
  • Fact #92

    In 2006, a judge ruled that Big Tobacco had been engaged in a 50-year-long scheme to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Lies suck too.

    Fact #92

    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    In 2006, a judge ruled that Big Tobacco had been engaged in a 50-year-long scheme to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Lies suck too.

    Source:

    CNNMoney.com."Judge rules against Big Tobacco. August 18, 2006.

    URL: http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/17/news/companies/tobacco_ruling/index.htm
    Source:

    United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Gladys Kessler, United States District Court Judge."Final Opinion". Civil Action No. 99-2496 (GK). August 17, 2006. Introduction/Overview, page 1-4. (Also page 219, 259, 293, 330, 479, 655, 819, 1397.)

    URL: http://tobaccofreekids.org/content/what_we_do/industry_watch/doj/FinalOpinion.pdf
  • Fact #76

    Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!

    Fact #76

    • big tobacco
    • law suit
    • youth

    Tobacco companies actually went to court to fight for the right to keep tobacco advertising near high schools. They won. Congrats, Big Tobacco!

    Source:

    In the Supreme Court of the United States LORILLARD TOBACCO CO., ET AL., PETITIONERS v. THOMAS F. REILLY, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MASSACHUSETTS; ALTADIS U.S.A. INC., ETC., ET AL., PETITIONERS v. THOMAS F. REILLY, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MASSACHUSETTS. Nos. 00-596 and 00-597. 1997. Access Date: June 14, 2005.

    URL: http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/supreme_court/briefs/00-596/2000-0596.mer.ami.html
  • Fact #224

    Advertising and promotional expenditures for both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco (ie tobacco) in 2012: $9.6 billion

    Fact #224

    • marketing
    • money
    • big tobacco

    Advertising and promotional expenditures for both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco (ie tobacco) in 2012: $9.6 billion

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2012. Federal Trade Commission (2015). Access Date: April 20, 2015.

    URL: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2012/150327-2012cigaretterpt.pdf
  • Fact #250

    American Spirits are marketed as additive-free. Yet their warning label states: "No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette." So they literally produce American spirits. As in, dead people.

    Fact #250

    • ingredients
    • marketing

    American Spirits are marketed as additive-free. Yet their warning label states: "No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette." So they literally produce American spirits. As in, dead people.

    Source:

    Natural American Spirits cigarettes homepage. No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean safer cigarettes" warning label.

    URL: https://www.nascigs.com/modules/Security/Login.aspx
    Source:

    Print advertising ad

    URL: http://tobacco.stanford.edu/tobacco_main/images_body.php?token1=fm_img3617.php
  • Fact #131

    In 2010, 52.4% of U.S. smokers quit for at least a day.

    Fact #131

    • stats
    • addiction

    In 2010, 52.4% of U.S. smokers quit for at least a day.

    Source:

    CDC. Quitting Smoking Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2010. MMWR 2011; 60(44);1513-1519.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a2.htm?s_cid= mm6044a2.htm_w
  • Fact #238

    In actual documents from 1991, Big Tobacco profiled various female mindsets. They described one type of woman by saying she 'lacks control over her life,' 'feels vulnerable,' and is 'mainly negative about the future.'

    Fact #238

    • Tobacco Files
    • big tobacco
    • quotes
    • women

    In actual documents from 1991, Big Tobacco profiled various female mindsets. They described one type of woman by saying she 'lacks control over her life,' 'feels vulnerable,' and is 'mainly negative about the future.'

    Source:

    Mindset Segments." Legacy Tobacco Documents. RJ Reynolds collection. January 3, 1991. Page 16.
    Bates No: 510320848/0876

    Source:
    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/qkg63d00/pdf
  • Fact #283

    600 MILLION TREES are chopped down every year for Big Tobacco

    Fact #283

    • environment

    600 MILLION TREES are chopped down every year for Big Tobacco

    Source:

    Tobacco and the Environment. Perth: Dept. of Health, 2003. Aug. 2009.

    URL: http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_127.pdf
    • cigarettes
    • science
    • disease
    • infographic

    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

    Source:
    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
    Source:

    Full Report 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 #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 #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

    • smokeless
    • stats
    • 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 #222

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

    Fact #222

    • 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/
    Source:

    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
    Source:

    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
    • Infographic
    • ingredients

    Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions. It's also found in cigarette smoke.

    Source:

    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke.

    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 56 and 176 of 251.
    Category: Ingredients
    Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
    Source:

    Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions.
    Cyanide Compounds: Hazard Summary. US Environmental Protection Agency. April 1992.
    Access Date: June 14, 2005. Page 1.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/cyanide.html
  • Fact #54

    1,893 U.S. smokers died in 2008 from smoking-related atherosclerosis.

    Fact #54

    • stats
    • death
    • disease

    1,893 U.S. smokers died in 2008 from smoking-related atherosclerosis.

    Source:

    CDC. Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses-- United States, 2000-2004. MMWR 2008; 57(45): 1226-8. Table.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5745a3.htm

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