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  • Fact #73

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

    Fact #73

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    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:

    URL: http://bit.ly/MtE77n
  • Fact #140

    There were 100 million deaths worldwide from tobacco use in the 20th century.

    Fact #140

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    There were 100 million deaths worldwide from tobacco use in the 20th century.

    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/
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    • cigarettes

    Toluene is found in cigarette smoke. Toluene is also found in explosives.

    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
    Source:

    US Environmental Protection Agency."Explosives". TNT Production. Organic Chemical Process Industry. Page 1 of PDF.

    URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ap42/ch06/final/c06s03.pdf
  • Fact #242

    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

    Fact #242

    • big tobacco
    • marketing

    As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed "covertly" contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

  • 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

    URL: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/harm/deaths/text/

    URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20231181

    URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
  • Fact #183

    Methanol is found in cigarettes. Methanol is also found in antifreeze.

    Fact #183

    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    Methanol is found in cigarettes. Methanol is also found in antifreeze.

    Source:

    Methanol is found in antifreeze.

    Source:

    Medline Plus Encyclopedia."Antifreeze Poisoning". List of Poisonous Ingredients. Updated by Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA. 7/20/2009.

    URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002751.htm Methanol is found in cigarettes.
    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 161.

    URL: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/13/m13_complete.pdf
  • Fact #125

    About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

    Fact #125

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    About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

    Source:

    PERSPECTIVES in Health. Volume 2- No. 2. 1997. "Tobacco: the next World War?" Pan American Health Organization. World Health Organization website.

    URL: http://www.paho.org/English/DPI/Number4_article5.htm
    • money
    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • infographic

    A tobacco company once gave $125,000 worth of food to a charity, according to an estimate by The Wall Street Journal. Then, they spent well over $22 million telling people about it. I guess when you sell a deadly, addictive product, you need all the good PR you can get.

    Source:

    BRANCH,S. PHILIP MORRIS' AD ON MACARONI AND PEACE - KOSOVO TALE NARROWS GAP BETWEEN PHILANTHROPY, PUBLICITY. DOW JONES; WALL STREET JOURNAL. Philip Morris. Legacy Tobacco Document Library. July 24, 2001. Access Date: July 19, 2005 Bates Number: 2085774391A/4392

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/pmu41c00/pdf
    Source:

    Ad*Views. $22,959,418 spent on media buy for"Refugee camp/Helicopter/ Woman/Boy" spot in 2001 Media: Television Market: National Period: Jan 1, 2001 - Dec 20, 2001

  • 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 #39

    In the US, 160,600 people die from smoking-related cardiovascular and metabolic diseases each year.

    Fact #39

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    • disease

    In the US, 160,600 people die from smoking-related cardiovascular and metabolic diseases each 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 #225

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

    Fact #225

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    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    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 #208

    Smokeless tobacco is addictive.

    Fact #208

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    • 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 #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
    Source:

    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
    Source:

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

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

    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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    • infographic

    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 #22

    599 additives are on the composite list released to the government in 1994 by tobacco companies of what may be added to cigarettes. This list includes all ingredients that are used although it does not tell which companies they are used by or which brands they are used in.

    Fact #22

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes

    599 additives are on the composite list released to the government in 1994 by tobacco companies of what may be added to cigarettes. This list includes all ingredients that are used although it does not tell which companies they are used by or which brands they are used in.

    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 #48

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

    Fact #48

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    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 #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
    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 #264

    Some--but not all--e-cig vapors have been found to contain formaldehyde. Which is used to preserve dead animals. Yum.

    Fact #264

    • e-cig
    • ingredients

    Some--but not all--e-cig vapors have been found to contain formaldehyde. Which is used to preserve dead animals. Yum.

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