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  • Fact #10

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.

    Fact #10

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    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,755,000 have had a heart attack from smoking.

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  • Fact #253

    Back in the day, Big tobacco exposed sheep to smoke by sticking tracheotomy tubes down their throats.

    Fact #253

    • science
    • big tobacco

    Back in the day, Big tobacco exposed sheep to smoke by sticking tracheotomy tubes down their throats.

    Source:

    Back in the day, Big tobacco exposed sheep to smoke by sticking tracheotomy tubes down their throats.

    Source:

    Title: EXPOSURE OF SHEEP TO SMOKE BY WAY OF A TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mfe81e00/pdf?search=%22sex%22
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    Title: VISIT TO HUNTINGDON RESEARCH CENTER, HUNTINGDON, ENGLAND

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/zej97e00
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    Title: APPLICATION FOR RESEARCH GRANT EFFECTS OF PROLONGED INHALATION OF CIGARETTE SMOKE ON THE RESPIRATORY TRACT OF SHEEP

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mrz8aa00
  • Fact #150

    As late as 1999, tobacco companies placed in-store advertising signage at a child's eye level.

    Fact #150

    • marketing
    • youth

    As late as 1999, tobacco companies placed in-store advertising signage at a child's eye level.

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    CDC, Point of Purchase Tobacco Environments and Variation by Store Type United States, 1999. MMWR 2002; 51(9): 184-187. Page 1-2. Category: Tobacco Marketing Fact Created: 11/19/2004

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5109a2.htm
    • cigarettes
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    • 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.

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    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/
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    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 #159

    In the U.S., smoking is depicted in one-third of youth-rated movies, and 75% of R-rated movies.

    Fact #159

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    • cigarettes

    In the U.S., smoking is depicted in one-third of youth-rated movies, and 75% of R-rated movies.

    Source:

    "Polansky JR, Titus K, Lanning N, Glantz SA. Smoking in Top-Grossing U.S. Movies, 2012. San Francisco: San Francisco: University of California San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, 2013."

    URL: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3j69r912#page-1
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    • death
    • infographic

    If current trends continue, by the year 2030, tobacco is projected to kill 8 million people a year worldwide.

    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/
    • Infographic
    • ingredients

    There's hydrogen cyanide in rat poison. The same stuff is in cigarette smoke.

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

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/KGCnCy Hydrogen cyanide is in rat poison:
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    ATSDR. Toxicological Profile for Cyanide. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease. Page 8 of PDF.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/NHO3Gj
  • Fact #52

    Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy results in the deaths of 1,015 infants every year in the US.

    Fact #52

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    • women
    • death

    Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy results in the deaths of 1,015 infants every year 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 #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

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    • 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.

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    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Formaldehyde is found in cigarette smoke. It's also used to preserve dead animals.

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    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
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    CDC Controlling Formaldehyde Exposures During Embalming 25-Feb-99 Access Date: October 25, 2005

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/X8PW7C
  • Fact #89

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

    Fact #89

    • 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 #95

    In 2010, 75.6% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 59.1% reported making a quit attempt.

    Fact #95

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    • Race
    • addiction

    In 2010, 75.6% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 59.1% reported making a quit attempt.

    Source:

    CDC. Quitting Smoking Among AdultsÑUnited States, 2001Ð2010. MMWR 2011; 60(44): 1513-1519. Category: African Americans Fact Created: 10/19/2004

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a2.htm?s_cid= mm6044a2.htm_w
  • Fact #215

    One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.

    Fact #215

    • infographic
    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • youth

    One tobacco company brainstormed reaching its target consumer from ice cream trucks.

    Source:

    OTHER WAYS TO REACH THE TARGET Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. October 2, 1989. Page 1 of 18. Access Date: September 15, 2004 Bates No.: 507176999-507177016

    URL: http://bit.ly/LTjjlp
  • Fact #269

    Teens who see tobacco use in movies have more positive attitudes towards smoking.

    Fact #269

    • celebrity
    • entertainment
    • movie

    Teens who see tobacco use in movies have more positive attitudes towards smoking.

    Source:

    National Cancer Institute. The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use. Tobacco Control Monograph No. 19. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. NIH Pub. No. 07-6242, June 2008.

  • Fact #123

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

    Fact #123

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    • 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 #1

    In the U.S., about 42,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related diseases.

    Fact #1

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    • death
    • youth
    • disease

    In the U.S., about 42,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related diseases.

    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-8.pdf
  • 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 #254

    Tobacco products are the only legal consumer product that can kill people when used as intended.

    Fact #254

    • death
    • cigarettes

    Tobacco products are the only legal consumer product that can kill people when used as intended.

    Source:

    WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008 - The MPOWER package Ð Étobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended." Page 15

    URL: http://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/2008/en/index.html
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    Pan American Health Org Tobacco is the only legal consumer product that kills when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer"

    URL: http://www.paho.org/hq./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8422%3Apaho-welcomes-tobacco-ban-at-2014-fifa-world-cup-in-brazil-&catid=740%3Anews-press-releases&Itemid=1926&lang=en

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