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  • Fact #5

    Of current smokers in the U.S., 358,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.

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    Of current smokers in the U.S., 358,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.

    Source:

    CDC. Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000. MMWR 2003; 52(35) 842-844. Table.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYL9Mg
  • Fact #31

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

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    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 #139

    The U.S., China, Russian Federation, Japan, and Indonesia were the top five countries that consumed more than half of the world's cigarettes in 2009.

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    The U.S., China, Russian Federation, Japan, and Indonesia were the top five countries that consumed more than half of the world's cigarettes in 2009.

    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 #65

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

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    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 #240

    Big Tobacco's products kill 113 people from secondhand smoke every day.

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    Big Tobacco's products kill 113 people from secondhand smoke every day.

    Source:

    41,280/365=113.09
    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 #72

    Cigarette companies increased its spending on advertisements and promotions from 8.05 billion in 2010 to 8.37 billion in 2011.

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    Cigarette companies increased its spending on advertisements and promotions from 8.05 billion in 2010 to 8.37 billion in 2011.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2011. Issued 2013. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission.

    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2011/130521cigarettereport.pdf
  • Fact #135

    In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.

    Fact #135

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    In 1997, one tobacco company CEO said he would probably "instantly" shut his doors "to get a better hold on things" if it were proved to his satisfaction that smoking causes cancer. That same company now admits on their website that smoking causes cancer, but they're still open for business.

    Source:

    DEPOSITION OF GEOFFREY C. BIBLE TAKEN AT THE INSTANCE OF PLAINTIFFS IN THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. CL 95-1466 AH THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ET AL., PLAINTIFF, VS. THE AMERICAN TOBACCO COMPANY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS. American Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Philip Morris Collection. August 21, 1997
    Access Date: September 18, 2005. Page: 8 in PDF (Page 27 in that page).
    Bates Number: 2081843112/3136

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/cgi/getdoc?tid=car80c00&fmt=pdf&ref=results
    Source:

    Philip Morris USA official website

    URL: http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/en/cms/Products/Cigarettes/Health_Issues/Cigarette_Smoking_and_Disease/default.aspx?src=top_nav
  • Fact #193

    Acetic Acid is found in cigarettes. Acetic Acid is also found in floor wipes.

    Fact #193

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    Acetic Acid is found in cigarettes. Acetic Acid is also found in floor wipes.

    Source:

    Acetic acid is found in cigarettes.

    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:

    Acetic acid is found in floor wipes.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Household Products Database.

    URL: http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=brands&id=19001095
  • Fact #272

    In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.

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    In 2001, 12-14 year olds were more likely to report having seen smoking on TV and movies than were 18-24 year olds.

  • Fact #172

    In 1971, when one tobacco executive was reminded that smoking can lead to underweight babies, he said, "Some women would prefer smaller babies."

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    In 1971, when one tobacco executive was reminded that smoking can lead to underweight babies, he said, "Some women would prefer smaller babies."

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking. A report of the Surgeon General. Atlantic, GA. 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, March 2001.
    Category: Women. Chapter 3. Page 17

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wkg70d00/pdf
    Source:

    (1) 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.
    Category: Reproductive Effects

    URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=smokeuse&part=ch5
  • Fact #225

    The amount the industry spent on tobacco advertising and promotion per day in 2011? $24 million per day.

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    The amount the industry spent on tobacco advertising and promotion per day in 2011? $24 million per day.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2009 and 2010

    URL: http://ftc.gov/os/2012/09/120921tobaccoreport.pdf
  • Fact #164

    Human sweat contains urea and ammonia. Urea is added to cigarettes.

    Fact #164

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    Human sweat contains urea and ammonia. Urea is added to cigarettes.

    Source:

    Burling. Summary of Data on Urea. 17 April 1986. American Tobacco Bates No. 980365694/5705.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/fjk51a00/pdf
    Source:

    Technology. Vol 31, No. 8, 1997.

    URL: http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=2784832
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    c. Human sweat contains urea.
    Huang CT, Chen ML, Huang LL, Mao IF. Uric acid and urea in human sweat. The Chinese Journal of Physiology 2002; 45(3):109-15. Abstract available at:

    URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=12817713&dopt=Abstract
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    d. Human sweat contains ammonia
    Foster KG. Composition of the secretion from the eccrine sweat glands of the cat's foot pad. The Journal of Physiology 1966; 184(1):106-19.
    Available at:

    URL: http://jp.physoc.org/content/184/1/106.full.pdf+html
    Source:

    e. Urea is added to cigarettes
    "R.J. Reynolds List of Ingredients (2008)". R.J. Reynolds.

    URL: http://www.rjrt.com/tobaccoingredients.aspx
  • Fact #55

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

    Fact #55

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    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
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    Ammonia is in tobacco smoke. It's also used to clean toilets.

    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. Page 178 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #249

    Sucking on a shared hookah mouthpiece can help spread herpes. Gives new meaning to the term pass it around" huh?

    Fact #249

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    • disease

    Sucking on a shared hookah mouthpiece can help spread herpes. Gives new meaning to the term pass it around" huh?

    Source:

    Infectious diseases may be transmitted by sharing a hookah."

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/tobacco_industry/hookahs/
  • Fact #90

    During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per year.

    Fact #90

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    During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per 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 #234

    1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!

    Fact #234

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    1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!

    Source:

    The Right to Know Network. Toxic Release Inventory Database 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229) (2011). Compiled from data released by the U.S. EPA's Toxic Release Inventory database (TRI) on October 19, 2012. Accessed April 10, 2013.

    URL: http://www.rtknet.org/db/tri/tri.php?dbtype=C&naics=312229&corechem=n&rsei=y&sortp=D&detail=-1&datype=T&reptype=f&database=tri&reporting_year=2011&submit=GO
  • 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

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    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

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