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  • Fact #54

    1,893 U.S. smokers died in 2008 from smoking-related atherosclerosis.

    Fact #54

    • stats
    • death
    • disease

    1,893 U.S. smokers died in 2008 from smoking-related atherosclerosis.

    Source:

    CDC. Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses-- United States, 2000-2004. MMWR 2008; 57(45): 1226-8. Table.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5745a3.htm
  • Fact #127

    In just one year, about 31,000 kids lost their dads to tobacco-related disease in the US.

    Fact #127

    • stats
    • death

    In just one year, about 31,000 kids lost their dads to tobacco-related disease in the US.

    Source:

    Leistikow BN, Martin DC, Milano CE, 2000. Estimates of smoking-attributable deaths at ages 15-24, motherless or fatherless youths, and resulting Social Security costs in the United States in 1994. Preventive Medicine, 30(5) 252-360. Page 2 of 4 of PDF.

    URL: http://leistikow.ucdavis.edu/BereftYouths.pdf
    • ingredients
    • cigarettes

    An ingredient in mothballs- naphthalene- is also found in cigarette smoke.

    Source:

    Naphthalene is found 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.

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

    Mothballs contain napthalene.

    New South Wales Government Department of Health. "Naphthalene in Moth Balls and Toilet Deodorant Cakes".

    URL: http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/publication_pdfs/8780/DOH-8780-ENG.pdf
  • Fact #245

    In an effort to market to African Americans in the 80s, one tobacco company said their brand must be seen as authentic "and not as a big white company's tactic to sell to blacks."

    Fact #245

    • Race
    • quotes
    • big tobacco

    In an effort to market to African Americans in the 80s, one tobacco company said their brand must be seen as authentic "and not as a big white company's tactic to sell to blacks."

    Source:

    Salem Black Initiative Program Brand Team Ideation Session." Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. RJ Reynolds. August 13, 1989.

    Source:

    Bates No: 507137652/7666

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/wug34d00
  • Fact #88

    In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes

    Fact #88

    • stats
    • addiction

    In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes

    Source:

    CDC. High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes-United States, 2007. May 1, 2009. 58(16);428-431.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmWR/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5816a4.htm
  • 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 #41

    In the U.S., 7,330 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.

    Fact #41

    • stats
    • death
    • disease
    • cancer

    In the U.S., 7,330 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.

    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 #75

    In 1993, one tobacco company executive thought it would be a good idea to have his employees mail"grassroots" complaints to airlines about their smoking bans, pretending to be regular customers.

    Fact #75

    • marketing
    • big tobacco

    In 1993, one tobacco company executive thought it would be a good idea to have his employees mail"grassroots" complaints to airlines about their smoking bans, pretending to be regular customers.

    Source:

    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, Philip Morris Collection, 1993. Page 1.
    Access Date: October 21, 2005.
    Bates No: 2024203673
    Fact Created: 6/4/1998

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/cgi/getdoc?tid=zha35e00&fmt=pdf&ref=results
    Source:

    "Philip Morris Glossary of names: W". Legacy Documents Library.

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/glossaries/pm_gloss_w.jsp
    • marketing
    • big tobacco
    • youth
    • infographic

    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 #173

    According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, "Nobody knows what you'd turn to if you didn't smoke. Maybe you'd beat your wife."

    Fact #173

    • quotes
    • big tobacco

    According to the New York Times, in 1998, one tobacco executive said, "Nobody knows what you'd turn to if you didn't smoke. Maybe you'd beat your wife."

    Source:

    The New York Times. "Big Tobacco's Endgame". By Jeffrey Goldberg. Published: Sunday, June 21, 1998.

    URL: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/06/21/magazine/big-tobacco-s-endgame.html?pagewanted=all
  • Fact #21

    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

    Fact #21

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Cigarette smoke contains about 7000 chemicals.

    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-10.pdf
  • Fact #195

    In 1988, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of a colored cigarette to "enhance wardrobe."

    Fact #195

    • marketing

    In 1988, one tobacco company brainstormed the idea of a colored cigarette to "enhance wardrobe."

    Source:

    1 gives reference to the actual source of the document below.)
    Access Date: June 6, 2006
    Bates No: 511435201

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/fzv43d00/pdf
    Source:

    2. NEW PRODUCT IDEAS.
    Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
    RJ Reynolds. 1988
    Access Date: June 6, 2006
    Bates Number: 506389501/9504

    URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/gne74d00/pdf
  • Fact #93

    In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

    Fact #93

    • stats

    In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.

    Source:

    CDC. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation- United States, 2008. MMWR 2009; 58(44): 1229.

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5844.pdf
  • Fact #33

    Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.

    Fact #33

    • ingredients
    • big tobacco
    • cigarettes
    • science

    Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of animals exposed to tobacco.

    Source:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004. Chapter 5, Page 564 of Report.
    Category: Ingredients
    Fact Created: 11/10/2004

    URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2004/pdfs/chapter5.pdf
  • Fact #233

    For approximately 50 years, tobacco companies falsely and fraudulently denied that smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema.

    Fact #233

    • big tobacco
    • cancer

    For approximately 50 years, tobacco companies falsely and fraudulently denied that smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema.

    Source:

    United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Gladys Kessler, United States District Court Judge."Final Opinion". Civil Action No. 99-2496 (GK). August 17, 2006. Introduction/Overview, page 1-4. (Also page 219, 259, 293, 330, 479, 655, 819, 1397.)

    URL: http://tobaccofreekids.org/content/what_we_do/industry_watch/doj/FinalOpinion.pdf
  • Fact #212

    Using smokeless tobacco is also associated with gum recession, dental caries, and dental staining and abrasion.

    Fact #212

    • smokeless
    • disease

    Using smokeless tobacco is also associated with gum recession, dental caries, and dental staining and abrasion.

    Source:

    "Youth and Tobacco: Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People." A Report of the Surgeon General. Washington, D.C., 20402. 1995. Page 33 of 219.

  • Fact #50

    In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.

    Fact #50

    • youth
    • marketing

    In 1974, a tobacco company explored targeting customers as young as 14.

    Source:

    RJR. Domestic Operating Goals and Assumptions. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Reynolds Tobacco Company. November 21, 1974. Bates No:500796976/6983. Page 2 of PDF.

    URL: http://tobaccodocuments.org/ftc_rjr/CX000051.pdf
    • 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

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