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  • 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 #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:

    tobacco 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
    Source:

    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 #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
  • Fact #225

    The amount the industry spent on tobacco advertising and promotion per day in 2012? $26 million per day.

    Fact #225

    • money
    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    The amount the industry spent on tobacco advertising and promotion per day in 2012? $26 million per day.

    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 #9

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,742,000 have emphysema from smoking.

    Fact #9

    • stats
    • disease

    Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,742,000 have emphysema from smoking.

    Source:

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

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5235a4.htm
  • 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
  • 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 #79

    In 1996, a major tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting homeless people. They called their plan"Project SCUM: Sub Culture Urban Marketing."

    Fact #79

    • Tobacco Files
    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    In 1996, a major tobacco company planned to boost cigarette sales by targeting homeless people. They called their plan"Project SCUM: Sub Culture Urban Marketing."

    Source:

    PROJECT SCUM. The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library; Issued: 1995.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mum76d00
    • 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 #208

    Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

    Fact #208

    • smokeless
    • addiction

    Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Using Smokeless Tobacco: A Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General, 1986. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. NIH Pub. No. 86-2874.

    URL: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/B/F/C/_/nnbbfc.pdf
  • Fact #174

    Benzene, arsenic and cyanide are all poisons. They're all in cigarette smoke too.

    Fact #174

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Benzene, arsenic and cyanide are all poisons. They're all in cigarette smoke too.

    Source:

    Benzene, Arsenic, Cyanide are 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 251.

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

    Benzene is a poison

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp3.pdf
    Source:

    Arsenic is a poison

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp2.pdf
    Source:

    Cyanide is a poison

    URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp8.pdf
  • 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 #259

    Only 8% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.

    Fact #259

    • Youth

    Only 8% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.

    Source:

    Schulenberg, J. E. (2014). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2013: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.

    URL: http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2013.pdf
    Source:

    CIA World Factbook

    URL: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2150rank.html
    Source:

    8% of teens = 1,995,343 teens
    # of landlines still in use = 139 million

  • 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

    • ingredients
    • 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
    Source:

    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
    Source:

    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
    Source:

    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
    Source:

    perforated cigarette = 201 micrograms.
    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
    Source:

    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 #204

    Revenues from smokeless tobacco sales totaled $2.94 billion in 2011.

    Fact #204

    • stats
    • smokeless
    • money

    Revenues from smokeless tobacco sales totaled $2.94 billion in 2011.

    Source:

    Federal Trade Commission. Smokeless Tobacco Report for the Year 2011. Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission; 2009. Page 1

    URL: http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-smokeless-tobacco-report-2011/130521smokelesstobaccoreport.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 #240

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

    Fact #240

    • big tobacco
    • death

    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 #217

    In 2011, tobacco killed nearly 6 million people worldwide.

    Fact #217

    • death
    • stats

    In 2011, tobacco killed nearly 6 million people worldwide.

    Source:

    Eriksen, M., Mackay, J L, and Ross, H. The Tobacco Atlas. World Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society, 2012
    http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/harm/deaths/text/
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20231181

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/

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