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  • Fact #43

    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke. Hydrogen cyanide exposure causes cardiovascular and respiratory illness.

    Fact #43

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    Hydrogen cyanide is in tobacco smoke. Hydrogen cyanide exposure causes cardiovascular and respiratory illness.

    Source:

    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.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf Hydrogen cyanide cardiovascular and respiratory effects
    Source:

    US Department of Health and Human Services. Medical Management Guidelines for Hydrogen Cyanide.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/15NIgL1
  • Fact #178

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

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    In 2009, 5.9 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide - 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 #155

    In 1989, millions of cases of imported fruit were banned after a small amount of cyanide was found in just two grapes. There's 33 times more cyanide in a single cigarette than was found in both of those grapes.

    Fact #155

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    • cigarettes

    In 1989, millions of cases of imported fruit were banned after a small amount of cyanide was found in just two grapes. There's 33 times more cyanide in a single cigarette than was found in both of those grapes.

    Source:

    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. EIU Country Report No 2 1989. February 16, 1989. Economic Policy: Interest Rates Are Kept High.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/rsc80a99/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22
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    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. St. Louis Post Dispatch. Commentary: When Chemophobia Ruled The Land.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/llh36e00/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22
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    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. Security Forecast. April Risk Assessment: Low Throughout the Country. March 17, 1989.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/psc80a99/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22
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    American Legacy Foundation Online Tobacco Documents Database. A Year After Grape Scare, Chilean Fruit Sales Thrive. March 5, 1990.

    URL: http://www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/rpw28a99/pdf?search=%22chilean%20grapes%22 The amount of cyanide in a single filtered,* perforated cigarette = 201 micrograms.
    Source:

    Hoffman D, Hoffman I, El-Bayoumy, K. "The Less Harmful Cigarette: A Controversial Issue. A Tribute to Ernst L.Wynder." Chemical Research in Toxicology. The American Chemical Society. 2001, 14(7):767790.

    URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx000260u Math: 1000 micrograms = 1 milligram 201 micrograms = .2 milligrams x=.2/.006 (because each grape contains .003 milligrams) x=33.333 The amount of cyanide in one cigarette is 33 times the amount in the two grapes.
  • Fact #263

    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

    Fact #263

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    E-cigarettes are smoke-free and tobacco-free, but not all are nicotine-free--even though some claim to be.

  • Fact #216

    Candy-flavored cigarettes are now illegal. But Big Tobacco still sells other tobacco products in over 45 candy flavors.

    Fact #216

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    • big tobacco
    • youth

    Candy-flavored cigarettes are now illegal. But Big Tobacco still sells other tobacco products in over 45 candy flavors.

  • Fact #200

    In 2005, the vast majority of secondary school students who used smokeless tobacco users were male.

    Fact #200

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    • youth

    In 2005, the vast majority of secondary school students who used smokeless tobacco users were male.

    Source:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance-United States, 2005. Current Smokeless Tobacco Use section. CDC Surveillance Summaries 2005;55(SS05):1-108. Table 26.

    URL: http://1.usa.gov/N2a3yu
  • 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

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

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/dib64f00/pdf
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    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
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    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
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    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 #8

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

    Fact #8

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    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
  • Fact #252

    1981: "Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer." Said a tobacco researcher whose company was definitely not targeting kids.

    Fact #252

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    • big tobacco
    • youth

    1981: "Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer." Said a tobacco researcher whose company was definitely not targeting kids.

  • Fact #131

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

    Fact #131

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    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
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    Of current smokers in the U.S., 46,000 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 #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 #150

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

    Fact #150

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    • youth

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

    Source:

    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
  • 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!

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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 #85

    In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 19.6% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.

    Fact #85

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    • youth

    In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 19.6% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.

    Source:

    CDC's High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System; Current Smoking

    URL: http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=WV 1995: 43.0% 2013: 19.6%
  • Fact #254

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

    Fact #254

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    • 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
  • 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."

    Fact #172

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    • big tobacco

    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 (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

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