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  • Fact #138

    More than 11 million cigarettes per minute were smoked around the world every single day in 2009.

    Fact #138

    • stats

    More than 11 million cigarettes per minute were smoked around the world every single day 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/products/cigarette_consumption/fig_b/
  • Fact #28

    Benzene is in tobacco smoke. Benzene causes cancer.

    Fact #28

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • disease

    Benzene is in tobacco smoke. Benzene causes cancer.

    Source:

    Benzene is 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. Page 176 of PDF.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/KGCnCy
    Source:

    Sufficient Proof Exists of Benzene's Carcinogenity to Humans

    Hoffman D, Hoffman I, El-Bayoumy K. The Less Harmful Cigarette: A Controversial Issue. Chemical Research in Toxicology. The American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society. July 2001. Vol. 14, No. 7. Page 5, within list.

    URL: http://bit.ly/11ejZwO
  • Fact #46

    About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue to smoke are tobacco related.

    Fact #46

    • stats
    • women
    • death
    • disease
    • cancer

    About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue to smoke are tobacco related.

    Source:

    U.S Department of Health and Human Services. 2001. Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In"Chapter 1 Summary". Page 13 in full text.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5112a4.htm
  • Fact #210

    Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer.

    Fact #210

    • smokeless
    • disease
    • cancer

    Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer.

    Source:

    International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Summaries and Evaluations Tobacco Products, Smokeless (Group 1); February 1998.

    URL: http://www.inchem.org/documents/iarc/suppl7/tobaccosmokeless.html
  • Fact #8

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,872,000 have chronic bronchitis from smoking.

    Fact #8

    • stats
    • disease

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,872,000 have chronic bronchitis from smoking.

    Source:

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

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYL9Mg
    • Tobacco Files
    • quotes
    • Poster

    How do infants avoid secondhand smoke? "At some point they begin to crawl." Tobacco Executive, 1996.

    Source:

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, . CA No. 99-2496(GK). March 17, 2005. Plaintiff, 9:32 a.m., v. PHILIP MORRIS USA, et al., Defendants. Washington, D.C.
    Quote from Charles Harper, R.J. Reynolds Chairman. Page 89.

    URL: http://bit.ly/N99gYo
    • stats
    • death
    • infographic

    Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.

    Source:

    National Fire Protection Association. Fire Analysis and Research Division. U.S. Smoking Material Fire Problem. John R. Hall, Jr. November 2008. Page 11 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/OS.Smoking.pdf
  • 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.

    Fact #139

    • stats

    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 #23

    2-Naphthylamine, 4-Aminobiphenyl, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Ethylene Oxide, Arsenic, Beryllium, Nickel, Chromium (only hexavalent), Cadmium, and Polonium-210 are human carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.

    Fact #23

    • cancer
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    2-Naphthylamine, 4-Aminobiphenyl, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Ethylene Oxide, Arsenic, Beryllium, Nickel, Chromium (only hexavalent), Cadmium, and Polonium-210 are human carcinogens found in tobacco 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. Pages 176-180 of PDF.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • 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 #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 #112

    According to one tobacco company VP, in 2001, a company name change could focus attention away from tobacco.

    Fact #112

    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    According to one tobacco company VP, in 2001, a company name change could focus attention away from tobacco.

    Source:

    SPECTOR, J . DIRECTION FOR ALTRIA. Philip Morris. Email.
    American Legacy Documents. November 30, 2001.
    Access Date: June 30, 2005.
    Bates Number: 2085246857

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ura22c00/pdf
    Source:

    Ackman, D. FORBES.COM MORRIS PHILIP HAS IT BACKWARDS.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Phillip Morris. Oct. 2001.
    Access Date: June 14, 2005
    Bates No.: 2085780183A/0184. Page 1.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/fhz10c00/pdf
    Source:

    Schwartz, J. PHILIP MORRIS TO CHANGE NAME TO ALTRIA COMPANY WOULD DIVERT ATTENTION FROM TOBACCO. NY TIMES.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Phillip Morris November 16, 2001. Access Date: June 14, 2005
    Bates Number: 2085240233/0234. Page 1.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/giz12c00/pdf
    Source:

    WHEN A COMPANY OUTGROWS ITS NAME ALTRIA.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Phillip Morris. 2001. Page 1.
    Access Date: June 14, 2005
    Bates Number: 2085240300

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ahz12c00/pdf
  • Fact #12

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 138,000 have lung cancer from smoking.

    Fact #12

    • stats
    • disease
    • cancer

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 138,000 have 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 #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.

    Fact #272

    • celebrity
    • entertainment
    • movie

    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 #102

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for women are approximately $45 billion per year.

    Fact #102

    • money

    In the US, smoking-attributable productivity losses for women are approximately $45 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 #111

    The tobacco industry spends more than $24 million each day marketing its products in the U.S. alone.

    Fact #111

    • money
    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    The tobacco industry spends more than $24 million each day marketing its products in the U.S. alone.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2011. Federal Trade Commission (2013).

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

    Federal Trade Commission Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2011. Federal Trade Commission (2013).

    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-cigarette-report-2011/130521cigarettereport.pdf
  • Fact #73

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed targeting potential smokers in school bathrooms, playgrounds, YMCAs, and city parks.

    Fact #73

    • big tobacco
    • marketing
    • youth

    In 1985, one tobacco company brainstormed targeting potential smokers in school bathrooms, playgrounds, YMCAs, and city parks.

    Source:

    XG BRAINSTORMING NYC, 2/26. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. February 26, 1985. Access Date: March 14, 2005. Bates Number: 505412643/2682

    URL: http://bit.ly/MtE77n
  • Fact #83

    In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with coffee.

    Fact #83

    • big tobacco
    • addiction

    In the past, Big Tobacco has compared the addictiveness of cigarettes with coffee.

    Source:

    Commerce Committee Subcommittee On Health And The Environment, On Nicotine And Cigarettes. American Tobacco. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. April 14, 1994. Access Date: July 21, 2005. Page 18 of 155 of PDF.
    Bates Number: 980155542/5696

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/pfy84f00/pdf

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